Patrick Dempsey will be joining the cast of the long gestating Bridget Jones sequel when the production finally gets started next month. Deadline confirmed that the former Grey’s Anatomy star is in advanced talks to take on a prominent but unspecified role. In case you didn't know, Bridget Jones’s Baby will reunite Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth as the now married happy couple as they embark on the joys of parenthood.

The new movie won’t be taking its cues from Helen Fielding’s third book Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy. Much to the horror of long-term fans, Fielding made the controversial decision to kill Mark Darcey off leaving Bridget alone with two children. Instead, Fielding and writer David Nicholls are forging a new story based on Fielding’s Bridget Jones newspaper columns. 

Sharon Maguire is returning to direct after passing on the 2004 sequel The Edge of Reason; this marks her first feature film since Incendiary in 2008. One cast member noticeably absent from the reunion is Hugh Grant as love rat Daniel Cleaver. Despite extensive rewrites of the script at Grant’s request, he officially announced last year he wouldn’t be back for a rematch with Colin Firth.

“I decided not to do it. But I think they’re going to go ahead and do it without Daniel. The book’s excellent, by the way, but the script is completely different – well, the script as I last saw it a few years ago.”

There’s no fixed release date yet, but we should expect Bridget Jones’s Baby to arrive sometime in 2016.