When Renee Zellweger returned to the public eye after a short career break, there were loads of (rather sexist) articles about how different she looked. Well, get ready not to recognise her again – but this time it’s deliberate, as she’s playing Judy Garland.
The image was released to mark the start of principal photography of Judy, which focuses on Garland’s legendary London concert series which took place shortly before she died.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform in a sell-out run at The Talk of the Town.
‘It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in THE WIZARD OF OZ, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown.
‘As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians, and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through. Even her dreams of romance seem undimmed as she embarks on a courtship with Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband. And yet Judy is fragile. After working for 45 of her 47 years, she is exhausted; haunted by memories of a childhood lost to Hollywood; gripped by a desire to be back home with her kids. Will she have the strength to go on?
‘Featuring some of her best-known songs, including the timeless classic ‘Over the Rainbow’, JUDY celebrates the voice, the capacity for love and the sheer pizzazz of “the world’s greatest entertainer”.’
The movie also stars Jessie Buckley (War and Peace), Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story) and Michael Gambon (Harry Potter), with Rupert Goold (King Charles III) directing from a script by Tom Edge (The Crown). Take a look at the full image below.