Could there be a Sweet Home Alabama sequel in our future? It's definitely possible. At least, according to Josh Lucas. Fans of the 2002 romantic comedy will be delighted to hear that not only is Lucas, who plays as Jake Perry in the film, on board for a followup, but Reese Witherspoon is down to reprise her role as Melanie Smooter, as well.
“I’m up for it. I know Reese’s said she is as well,” Lucas revealed to Entertainment Tonight at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual grants banquet on Wednesday (July 31). “The director [Andy Tennant] is absolutely up for it. I spoke to him about it a couple of times recently. So look, I throw it out to you, Reese. I think the person who’s the one to put it together is Reese, so I’m hoping. Who knows? She’s got a lot of irons in the fire to say the least. Hopefully this is one of them.”
This isn't the first time Lucas has spoken about his desire to get the Sweet Home Alabama sequel off the ground, either. During an appearance on Good Morning America back April, the actor said “I’ve absolutely said yes. [Tennant] and I discussed it extensively, so we’re lobbying the world to join us.”
As for what Jake and Melanie would be up to 17 years after the events of the first film, Lucas gave fans a peak behind the curtain. “The proposal that Andy Tennant — the director — had, which was quite interesting, is that my character is back in Alabama,” Lucas revealed, “and Reese’s character is in New York with our kids and we're divorced, so [their] whole life is super complicated.”
While Reese hasn't spoken about it quite as recently as Lucas, back in 2016 she said "we are not making a sequel that I know of, but if Disney wants to make a sequel they can just call me. I would happily make Sweet Home Alabama 2.” With the recent announcement of a third Legally Blonde movie, it wouldn't be too surprising to see the actress reprise another one of her iconic roles.