Josh Lucas on the Possibility of a ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ Sequel: “I Would Do It in a Second”

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Is it time for a sweet home sequel? According to Sweet Home Alabama actor Josh Lucas, if the option was on the table, he would sign on immediately.

The Yellowstone actor won over millions of hearts in the 2002 romantic comedy for his portrayal of Jake Perry, the childhood love interest and former husband of Reese Witherspoon’s character Melanie Smooter. As the leading man of the popular 00’s movie, Lucas was confronted with the burning question of a potential sequel on Tuesday, July 17.

“I would do it in a second,” he said on The Talk. “I think it would be so fascinating, and obviously I don’t know where it would go.”

However, the complex nature of the couple’s relationship opens up a whole new realm of possibilities. While most fans of the flick have now deduced that Melanie and Jake are likely happily married, Lucas says that particular conclusion is not exactly certain.

“I think it would be so fascinating to see where these two characters and the children… and where everyone ended up,” he said. “Are they still together? Are they divorced? Do they want to be back together? I mean, there’s so many different ideas… I think we all know life is long and complex and they had an interesting relationship to begin with—the two characters.”

He elaborated, “I mean, the fact that they were together from when they were children, I would love to see what’s going on 20 years later.”

In the final scenes of the original movie, Witherspoon’s Melanie ended up leaving her fiancé (Patrick Dempsey) and her difficult mother in law (Candice Bergen) at the altar in favor of her former flame Jake.

Lucas told Access Live in a separate interview that he reached out to Witherspoon, who now runs her own production house, about a potential sequel. “I’ve even reached out to Reese, and I know Reese has said as well—it’s an iconic film,” Lucas noted. “I would love it because I would love to see where these characters ended up or where they are at this point in their lives.”

Witherspoon is currently working on a third installment of Legally Blonde, which she confirmed last month via social media.

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Esther Lee
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