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Renée Zellweger Is Almost Unrecognizable in the First Trailer for Judy Garland Biopic

Judy is set at the end of the Wizard of Oz star's life.
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Renée Zellweger is almost unrecognizable in the first trailer for Judy, a forthcoming biopic about the end of legendary actress and singer Judy Garland's life.

The clip below is set to the tune of Garland's iconic "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," and shows her singing, dancing, and laughing over the course of her life, but also struggling.

Zellweger recently spoke out about the empathy that she feels for her character.

“What she had to overcome in a time when women didn’t necessarily feel that they had power over their own lives in the way that we do today,” Zellweger told People. “That stayed with me and I hope folks will be moved by that as well.”

Here's what else we know about the film so far.

JUDY GARLAND'S DAUGHTER LIZA MINNELLI DOES NOT APPROVE OF THE FILM.

Despite rumors that she was on-board with the production, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland's oldest child, does not approve of the forthcoming biopic Judy about the Wizard of Oz actress's life, which stars Renée Zellweger.

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"I have never met nor spoken to Renée Zellweger," she said in response to an article in Radar Online, which claimed that the pair were bonding. The article has since been taken down.

"I don’t know how these stories get started, but I do not approve nor sanction the upcoming film about Judy Garland in any way. Any reports to the contrary are 100% fiction."

I have never met nor spoken to Renee Zellweger... I don’t know how these stories get started, but I do not approve nor...

Posted by Liza Minnelli on Thursday, June 14, 2018

THE BIOPIC WILL FOCUS ON THE LAST YEAR OF GARLAND'S LIFE, SPECIFICALLY, HER PERFORMANCES IN LONDON IN THE WINTER OF 1968.

Per Variety, the movie, which is written by Tom Edge, who is known for penning The Crown, will also "recount the icon’s battles with management, and relationships with musicians and fans."

It will also reportedly delve into whether she was mentally and physically healthy enough to be performing.

THE FIRST PHOTOS OF ZELLWEGER AS THE LEGENDARY PERFORMER HAVE ALREADY BEEN RELEASED.


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Garland, who is best known for her iconic role in The Wizard of Oz, as well as Meet Me in St. Louis and Easter Parade, is the youngest person to ever receive the Cecil B. DeMille Golden Globe for "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment."

She died in 1969 at 47 from a barbiturate overdose after a long struggle with substance abuse.

A timeline for the release of the film has yet to be shared publicly; filming reportedly started in England in February.

*This article originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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