Josh Lucas is ready to travel back to the deep South.
The actor dropped by Good Morning America on Wednesday to chat about his new drama Breakthrough — and also revealed that not only was he fully on board to reprise his role as Jake in Sweet Home Alabama should the opportunity arise, but that he had spoken “extensively” with the original film’s writer and director, Andy Tennant, about a potential storyline for a sequel.
“I’ve absolutely said yes,” said Lucas, 47, who played Melanie’s (Reese Witherspoon) childhood sweetheart in the 2002 romantic comedy. “He and I discussed it extensively, so we’re lobbying the world to join us.”
So what would Jake and Melanie’s relationship look like now, after their happily ever after in Sweet Home Alabama made viewers’ hearts melt?
“The proposal that Andy Tennant — the director — had, which was quite interesting, is that my character is back in Alabama,” Lucas shared, “and Reese’s character is in New York with our kids and we’re divorced, so [their] whole life is super complicated.”
“And Patrick Dempsey‘s character is still in the picture,” he added with a laugh of Melanie’s would-be husband, whom she eventually breaks things off with when she realizes she still loves Jake. “But that’s just a proposal.”
Lucas’ new comments piggyback perfectly off those he made in July of last year, when he mused of a sequel during an appearance on The Talk, “I would do it in a second.”
“I think it would be so fascinating and obviously I don’t know where it would go, but 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?”
“There’s so many different ideas … we all know life is long and complex, and they had an interesting relationship to begin with, the two characters,” the actor explained. “The fact that they were together from when they were children, I would love to see what’s going on 20 years later.”
Almost two years earlier, Witherspoon, 43, said in a Facebook Live Q&A session that she’d be happy to revisit Melanie onscreen: “We are not making a sequel that I know of, but if Disney wants to make a sequel they can just call me. I would happily make Sweet Home Alabama 2.”