Reese Witherspoon turned down the chance to reprise her role as ditzy lawyer Elle Woods in Legally Blonde 3, according to her co-star Jennifer Coolidge.

Coolidge, who played Elle's best friend Paulette in the films, told the New York Daily News: ''That was Reese's choice.''

However, Jennifer insists that the movie franchise wouldn't have been a hit without Witherspoon, adding: ''She's such a good actress. It was weird, she carried Legally Blonde.

"She had a baby at home or two babies at home and she was doing Legally Blonde during the day. It was bizarre how much that girl can handle. I was blown away by her.''

Witherspoon is set to star and produce in the film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's Wild.

The memoir recounts Strayed's solo hike of some 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, from the Mojave desert all the way to Washington State.