Renee Zellweger to be part of West End production

London: `Bridget Jones Diary` star Renee Zellweger is reportedly heading to London`s West End in a new stage adaptation of Paul Newman`s classic film `The Hustler`.

The 43-year-old actress has been cast in the role played by Piper Laurie in the 1961 movie as part of a new stage production which is due to open in the autumn this year, reported Daily Star.

In the film, Newman starred as pool-player and hustler `Fast Eddie` Felson, while Laurie played his girlfriend in roles which won them both Academy Awards nominations.

The play version will mark Zellweger`s first high-profile foray into theatre. Rumours previously suggested she would be appearing in `The Hustler` on Broadway.