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With “Grey’s Anatomy” now in his rear-view mirror, Patrick Dempsey is ramping up his film slate starting with the next installment in a popular franchise.

Dempsey is set to join Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth in Working Title and Universal’s sequel “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” sources have confirmed to Variety.

The story is based on columns written by “Bridget Jones” creator Helen Fielding, though plot details remain vague apart from Zellweger’s return as the title character and Firth’s reprisal of his role as Mark Darcy.

Sharon Maguire, who helmed the first pic, “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” is back to direct.

Fielding wrote the initial drafts of the screenplay with David Nicholls (“One Day”). Longtime Working Title stalwart Debra Heyward is producing alongside Bevan and Fellner. Pic will be co-financed by Universal Pictures, Miramax and StudioCanal.

The original pic overperformed at the B.O., bringing in $281 million worldwide and earning Zellweger a Oscar nom for best actress. The sequel was equally impressive with $261 million worldwide.

Dempsey is repped by The Burstein Co, UTA and law firm Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson and Binder LLP and his last feature film was “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.”

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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