Renee Zellweger To Lose 'Bridget Jones' Role Because Of Plastic Surgery, Reese Witherspoon To Intervene

It's has been alleged that Renee Zellweger will lose the role of Bridget Jones because of the huge transformation that her face has gone through.

Zellweger appeared in public for the first time in several months last week and was immediately met with a tidal wave of criticism for her new appearance. Many experts have insisted that she has undergone plastic surgery in order to get her new face.

For several years it has been teased that a third Bridget Jones film is in development. This would be a sequel to both 2001's hugely successful Bridget Jones's Diary and its 2004 follow-up, Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason. Combined, these films grossed close to $550 million at the box office.

Zellweger was allegedly in line to collect $30 million if she was cast for the film but, because her recent transformation has left her no longer looking like Bridget Jones, producers are now lining up Reese Witherspoon to replace the 45-year-old.

According to the Daily Star, 38-year-old Reese is the studio's first choice and she would also take home the $30 million cheque that would come with being cast. However, it has also been claimed that the Walk The Line actress might not been too keen on putting on weight in order to play Bridget.

When Zellweger first stepped back out into the spotlight last week it was immediately reported that she looked drastically different to her previous public appearances. She was accused of having work done on her eyes and for taking a hefty amount of Botox, too.

However, she recently told People Magazine (via the Mirror) that all of this surgery talk was "silly" and that she is now a happier and more fulfilled person because of her new look.

"I'm glad folks think I look different! I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows. My friends say that I look peaceful. I am healthy. For a long time I wasn't doing such a good job with that. I took on a schedule that is not realistically sustainable and didn't allow for taking care of myself. Rather than stopping to recalibrate, I kept running until I was depleted and made bad choices about how to conceal the exhaustion. I was aware of the chaos and finally chose different things. People don't know me in my 40s. People don't know me as [healthy] for a while. Perhaps I look different. Who doesn't as they get older? But I am different. I'm happy."