A ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ Sequel 17 Years In the Making? Here’s What the Stars Have to Say

There’s no doubt about it: We’re living in a time where nearly any film can get a sequel. Case in point? The recent discussion around a Sweet Home Alabama 2. The stars have expressed interest, so what’s the holdup? Here’s what we know about a potential sequel to the ‘00s hit.

Remember Sweet Home Alabama?

Take a trip back to 2002 in your mind. Reese Witherspoon starred in the beloved romantic comedy as Melanie Carmichael, a fashion designer living in New York City. Her wealthy fiance, Andrew, is the son of the mayor of the city, and is politics himself. Melanie goes back to her hometown in Alabama to share the news — and, also, to get a divorce from her high school sweetheart, Jake.

Melanie has been hiding the fact that she’s from poor Southern roots, and she wants to keep this up. However, things begin to unravel. What’s more, she realizes that she may still be in love with her old flame. As you may expect, in the end, Melanie and Jake get back together. A post-credit scene reveals that they have a child together and continue to pursue their careers in New York.

The stars have talked about doing a sequel

Josh Lucas (center) and Reese Witherspoon filming Sweet Home Alabama in New York City, New York.
Josh Lucas (center) and Reese Witherspoon filming Sweet Home Alabama in New York City, New York. | Bill Davila/FilmMagic

In recent years, talks of a sequel have surfaced. In April 2019, Josh Lucas (who portrayed Jake), told Good Morning America that he had “discussed it extensively” with the original writer and director, Andy Tennant. “We’re lobbying the world to join us.”

Witherspoon has also expressed an interest in returning to the character. In a Facebook Live Q&A nearly three years ago, 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,” she said. “I would happily make Sweet Home Alabama 2.”

Here’s what Josh Lucas said recently

Lucas hasn’t changed his sentiments. “I’m up for it. I know Reese’s said she is as well,” Lucas told ET at a recent event. “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.”

The question remains now: Will the Big Little Lies star have time to make it happen? “I think the person who’s the one to put it together is Reese, so I’m hoping,” the actor continued. “Who knows? She’s got a lot of irons in the fire, to say the least. Hopefully, this is one of them.”

Both he and Witherspoon are very busy

As Lucas said, Witherspoon has a lot on her plate. She’s been producing a lot lately: The upcoming space drama Lucy in the Sky is one of her projects, as is The Dry, which is due out in 2020. In addition to the aforementioned HBO hit (which may or may not get a third season), Witherspoon will star in not one, but two upcoming series: The Morning Show opposite Jennifer Aniston, and Hulu miniseries Little Fires Everywhere.

Lucas also has had quite a bit going on. He’s not working on any TV projects at the moment, though he has appeared in the Paramount Network series Yellowstone as a young version of Kevin Costner’s character. He also has two film releases this year: April’s Christian drama Breakthrough with This Is Us star Chrissy Metz and the upcoming biographical racing tale Ford v Ferrari.  

What would Sweet Home Alabama 2 be about?

There’s a lot of potential to explore in a sequel to Sweet Home Alabama. In the Good Morning America interview, Lucas said, “The proposal that Andy Tennant — the director — had, which was quite interesting, is that my character is back in Alabama and Reese’s character is in New York with our kids and we’re divorced, so [their] whole life is super complicated.”

Despite all of that, Lucas sees another reunion in their future. “I think the thing about the story, it’s one of those [where] they’re eternally in love,” he told ET. “So, even if they’re going through a rough time, whatever it is, they’re eternally in love. That’s kind of the beauty in that magical film.”

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