Actress will star as the legendary Hollywood performer in a new biopic
The first picture of actress Renée Zellweger as singer Judy Garlandhas been shared, with fans praising the uncanny likeness between the two.
Zellweger, star of films including the Bridget Jones series and Miss Potter, plays as Garland in the upcoming movie Judy – written by Tom Edge – which is currently in production.
The film will detail how the American performer arrived in London in 1968 – the year before her death of an accidental overdose, aged 47 – to perform a series of sold-out shows at The Talk of the Town nightclub.
Rufus Sewell has been cast as Garland’s ex-husband Sidney Luft, while Rupert Goold is set to direct. Judy is a joint production between Pathé, BBC Films and Ingenious Media.
Zellweger famously sang and danced in the 2002 film adaptation of Chicago as lead Roxie Hart, which won her a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, along with a Oscar nomination for Best Actress.
In addition to Zellweger and Sewell: Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock and Michael Gambon will also star in the film.