Renee Goes British

Perhaps Renee Zellweger should speak to Madonna, who’s sounding awfully English these days. But Zellweger, who’s spending most of her time lately with Jim Carrey, will need to affect a British accent for her upcoming role, as the lead in the movie adaptation of Helen Fielding’s best-selling novel, “Bridget Jones’s Diary.” The Texas-born Zellweger, 29, reportedly beat out “Angela’s Ashes” star Emily Watson and Kate Winslet to play the humorous if angst-ridden London career woman who tries to balance her job with finding a guy. (One of the writers of the “Bridget” script will be Richard Curtis, who penned “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Notting Hill.”) “Diary” has sold 4 million copies in 30 countries — including 80,000 in the U.S. On Monday the sequel, “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason,” will be released. In its review, PEOPLE calls it “disappointing,” saying too many of the book’s 338 pages are taken up with Lucy Ricardo-like pratfalls.

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