Zellweger's on the 'Case' for Paramount

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Oscar winner Renee Zellweger is swapping horror thrillers for Paramount Pictures.

Shortly after departing the studio's "The Eye," Zellweger has signed on take the lead in "Case 39," which was originally set up at Universal.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Zellweger will play a social worker whose investigation into the case of an abused 10-year-old girl leads her to at first suspect the parents, but later to discover that things [cue ominous music] are not as they first appear.

The project was written by Ray Wright, who also penned the upcoming American version of "Pulse."

The film is set for a July 31 production star in Vancouver. Currently no director is attached.

Zellweger is currently in production on "Miss Potter," a biopic about "Peter Rabbit" author Beatrix Potter. An Oscar winner for "Cold Mountain," Zellweger also earned nominations for her work in "Chicago" and "Bridget Jones's Diary." She's no stranger to the horror genre, having done time as one of the stars of "The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre," along with Matthew McConaughey.

Without Zellweger's presence, "The Eye" is now in turnaround.

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