Renée Hops Back to Work with Rabbit Role

Renée Hops Back to Work with Rabbit Role
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09/29/2005 AT 08:00 AM EDT

Renée Zellweger's going back to work after her split with country star Kenny Chesney. The actress is due to re-team with her Down With Love costar Ewan McGregor and resume her British Bridget Jones accent to play legendary Peter Rabbit author Beatrix Potter.

Filming is due to begin next March in the United Kingdom under the direction of Babe filmmaker Chris Noonan, reports Variety. McGregor is still in talks to take on his role, says the trade paper.

Zellweger will serve as the film's executive producer.

In her 1902 Tales of Peter Rabbit, the London-born Potter came up with four little bunnies, named Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter, her most famous creations. Yet she wrote other books – 1930's The Tale of Little Pig Robinson, among them – and led what was described as comfortable life, first as the only child of a wealthy land owner, then as a successful author and wife of lawyer William Heelis, whom she married at the age of 47.

At that point she gave up writing and took up raising sheep. She died in 1943, at age 77.

As for Zellweger, 36, after being married for four months to Chesney, 37, she filed for an annulment two weeks ago, citing "fraud" as the reason behind the split. In a statement, Zellweger said, "the term 'fraud' as listed in the documentation is simply legal language and not a reflection of Kenny's character." Chesney also issued a statement, saying: "This is an incredibly sad time ... I just hope everyone can respect the privacy that I know Renée has already asked for."

He later told Country Weekly magazine that his busy professional schedule contributed to the marriage's demise. "I had the biggest tour I've ever done, I had a record to finish that was real important to me, and, of course, I had something new in my personal life and I was trying to do that, too," he said. "It really ended up being too much. At some point, I just got exhausted."
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