Before playing chutney in «Legally Blonde,» Linda Cardellini was a favorite of the late 1990s, most notably as a frightened Lindsay Weir in NBC`s «Freaks and Geeks.» Witherspoon explored the character by studying the girl sisters on her campus and associated hot spots. She went to dinner with them and joked that she was conducting an «anthropological study.»  «I could have gotten into it and really been hesitant and played what I thought was that character, and I would have missed a whole other side of her,» Witherspoon added.  «But going to Beverly Hills, hanging out at Neiman Marcus, eating in his coffee shop and seeing these women walking and talking, I got into the reality of the character. I`ve seen how polite these women are, and I`ve seen how much they value their female friendships and how important it is to support each other. She played Amelia in the short-lived but well-received Fox television series «Pitch» in 2016. Producer Marc Platt was fascinated by the character of Elle Woods when he received a manuscript of an unpublished novel.  «What I liked about this story is that it`s hilarious, sexy and challenging at the same time,» says Platt. «The world looks at Her and sees someone who is blond and handsome, but no more. She, on the other hand, does not judge herself or anyone else. She thinks the world is great, she`s great, everyone is great, and nothing can change that. She truly is an irrepressible modern heroine.  The final product came after «about 10 drafts of the script. I worked with the writers (Kirsten Smith, Karen McCullah Lutz, who worked on Amanda Brown`s novel) who stayed after filming began,» Luketic explained.
«And we had to rethink and rewrite, often in the middle of the night.  An untapped idea for the finished film included an appearance by Judge Judy during Elle`s video essay at Harvard in which Elle and her friends chased the show`s host. Alanna Ubach instead suggested casting Witherspoon`s husband, Ryan Phillippe, for the role, which was rewritten as a male character, but Witherspoon didn`t think the idea would work. Amanda Brown published Legally Blonde in 2001, based on her real-life experiences as a blonde who attended Stanford Law School while obsessed with fashion and beauty, read Elle magazine, and frequently clashed with the personalities of her peers. Selma Blair starred alongside Witherspoon in «Cruel Intentions» even before «Legally Blonde» was chosen, which may explain why the two actresses play so well together. Jennifer Coolidge, who played Paulette Bonafonté in the first two films, recently joked that she wanted a new time to replace her famous line in Legally Blonde 2 – which she shared and which is constantly quoted to her. As a reminder, Paulette commented in the film, after seeing Elle`s particularly patriotic look: «You look like the fourth of July», adding that she wanted a «really bad hot dog». The film originally ended at the courthouse, just after Woods won the case, with Elle on the steps of the courthouse sharing a victory kiss with Emmett, then cutting a year into the future to see her with a now-blonde Vivian form their own blonde legal defense club at law school. After the test audience revealed that they didn`t like the ending, McCullah Lutz and Smith consulted Luketic, Platt and other members of the production team while they were still in the lobby of the theater, and they agreed that a new conclusion was needed. «It was just a weak ending,» said screenwriter McCullah Lutz.
«The kiss didn`t feel right to me because it`s not a romantic comedy – it wasn`t about their relationship. So the test viewers said, «We want to see what happens – we want her to succeed.» That`s why we rewrote for graduation. Ubach and Jessica Cauffiel claim that the original ending also included Elle and Vivian drinking margaritas in Hawaii, implying that they were either best friends now or in love, although Smith and McCullah never wrote such an ending. Other suggested endings for the film included a musical number in which She, the judge, the jury and everyone in the courthouse sang and danced. He played paternal vampire hunter Alaric Saltzman in the series and also appeared as Alaric in the spin-offs «The Originals» and «Legacies». The third film is already in the works, in which Witherspoon will reprise her role as the vibrant Elle Woods. Rom-com expert Mindy Kaling is writing the screenplay, which she announced in May last year. Taylor continued to work in theater and even received a Tony Award nomination for his performance in the play «Ann.» Legally Blonde is a 2001 American drama film directed by Robert Luketic. It stars Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Matthew Davis, Victor Garber and Jennifer Coolidge. The story follows Elle Woods (Witherspoon), a sister who tries to win back her ex-boyfriend Warner Huntington III (Davis) by earning a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, overcoming stereotypes against blondes, and triumphing as a successful lawyer. «I think I know as much as all of you, but we had a Zoom call meeting last summer where the whole cast — Jennifer [Coolidge], Matthew [Davis], Selma [Blair] — got together and talked, so it was really great to see everyone,» Wilson, who plays Emmett, Woods` love interest, told Good Morning America on Thursday. «Reese is such a shrewd person, I think she`s probably waiting for the script to be good and the timing to be right. It`s going to be really fun to make another movie. In 2018, he returned to his musical roots by playing Horace Vandergelder alongside Bernadette Peters in «Hello, Dolly».
Jennifer Coolidge was cast as Paulette, Elle`s manicure friend, a role for which Courtney Love and Kathy Najimy were ready, according to some rumors Coolidge heard. For the role of Warner`s new girlfriend, Vivian, Smith suggested that Chloë Sevigny be cast for the role, but that suggestion didn`t work, so Selma Blair was cast instead; Blair and Witherspoon had already been together in Cruel Intentions, so their friendship was an anchor between their characters. Ali Larter was originally set to play one of Elle`s sisters, but when she read the script, she fell in love with Brooke`s character Taylor Windham, the fitness guide for the murder trial. Screenwriters Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith spent two days on the Stanford campus in the spring of 2000 researching their screenplay based on Brown`s novel.  Director Robert Luketic, an Australian newcomer who came to Hollywood after the success of his first offbeat short film Titsiana Booberini, was drawn to the project in search of a groundbreaking film.