According to Variety, Renee Zellweger will topline Miss Potter, a biopic about Beatrix Potter for David Kirschner Prods. and Phoenix Pictures. Ewan McGregor is in talks to play Norman, Potter's publisher and love interest.

Chris Noonan, who has not helmed a feature since 1995's Babe, will direct a script by Richard Maltby Jr. Shooting is skedded to begin on location in the U.K. in March.

Director Bruce Beresford and Cate Blanchett had been previously attached to the pic.

Miss Potter explores the life of the author of such beloved children's books as "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" and her struggle for independence in Victorian England. Live-action pic will have some animated elements.

Producing are Phoenix's Mike Medavoy, Arnie Messer and David Thwaites, along with Kirschner Prods.' David Kirschner and Corey Sienega. Zellweger will serve as exec producer.