Renée Zellweger channels Judy Garland in stunning first photo from biopic

Lawrence Kim
March 19, 2018

Garland's life, which saw the star rise from a fledgling child actor, to Hollywood film legend, remains as matter of public interest because of her tragic decline as a result of drug use.

This is the first-look image from for the new Judy Garland biopic and it shows the Bridget Jones star looking like the spitting image of the famous singer.

Joining Zellweger in the film are Jessie Buckley (War and Peace), Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story) and Sir Michael Gambon (Harry Potter). Principal photography just began on the movie in London, England.

It also focuses on her romance with musician Mickey Deans, who Garland married several months before her death in June 1969 aged 47. And yet Judy is fragile.

The film takes place in the late 1960s, as Garland arrives in London for a series of concerts.

Tony nominee and two-time Olivier victor Rupert Goold (King Charles III) directs from a script written by The Crown scribe Tom Edge. Laurence Myers, Lee Dean, Aaron Levene, Charles Diamond, Ellis Goodman and Hilary Williams will also get executive producer credits. Will she have the strength to go on?

Featuring some of her best-known songs, the film celebrates the voice, the capacity for love and the sheer pizzazz of "the world's greatest entertainer".

Zellweger previously showed off her singing and dancing abilities on the big screen when she played Roxie Hart in Chicago, earning herself an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, a role once played by Garland's daughter, Liza Minelli. Pathé will distribute the film in UK, France and Switzerland and handles sales in the rest of the world.

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