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Fans of the 2001 film Bridget Jones’s Diary—and the 1996 novel on which it was based—will be pleased to hear that a new version of the romantic comedy is in the works: Author Helen Fielding, director Stephen Daldry and pop star Lily Allen are all collaborating on a musical version that they hope to stage in London’s West End in early 2011. The production team’s last screen-to-stage project was the commercially successful and critically acclaimed musical “Billy Elliot,” so our hopes are high; we hear that at a recent rough workshop the actress Sheridan Smith read the Renee Zellweger role. We can’t wait to see who’ll play Bridget’s paramours Daniel Cleaver and Mark Darcy—difficult as it is to imagine any actor being more devilishly charming than Hugh Grant, or as upstandingly romantic as Colin Firth, we’re willing to give the new guys a chance.