Renee Zellweger heads for Broadway

Renee Zellweger is branching out from her Hollywood career and venturing onto Broadway in a new stage production of The Hustler. The tale of a pool shark was a classic 1961 film starring Paul Newman.

The Bridget Jones star is developing her career in different directions and will also be making her directorial debut with a new indie film called 4 ½ Minutes as well as developing a new TV show called Cinnamon Girl.

The Hustler film, based on the Walter Tevis novel, starred Newman as an ambitious young pool player embarking on a relationship with a damaged woman, played by Piper Laurie. The Laurie part is presumably the role that Zellweger will reprise on stage.

The film 4 ½ Minutes is based on the life of comedian Dov Davidoff. In addition to directing, Zellweger will co-star with Johnny Knoxville who plays the comedian. Shooting will commence in February 2013.

Cinnamon Girl is an intriguing coming-of-age story set in the movie and music industries in Laurel Canyon in the 1960s. Zellweger has co-created it with regular collaborator Anthony Tambakis. US TV channel Lifetime says the show looks at "the characters’ lives at the crossroads of the era’s political, artistic, social and sexual rebellions."

Those eager to see Zellweger portray Bridget Jones once more may be in for a long wait. Although she is contracted for a mooted third film, to be called Bridget Jones’s Baby, the project has been on hold and is unlikely to go into development any time soon. It sounds like Zellweger will be busy enough for the next couple of years in any case.

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