Zellweger, in her first leading role since 2016’s “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” portrays Garland one year before her death from an accidental drug overdose at age 47 in 1969 as the “Wizard of Oz” leading lady arrives in London to launch a comeback in a series of sold-out concerts at the Talk of the Town nightclub (now known as the Hippodrome).
The clip opens with Zellweger singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” while the camera pans up the Yellow Brick Road, before taking the audience far, far away from The Wizard of Oz universe and into the Swinging Sixties London.
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People magazine reported that to prepare for the part, the 50-year-old Oscar winner took music lessons, studied choreography and read up about the actress and singer, who shot to fame as a child star, but struggled later in adulthood. She also spent two hours a day in the makeup chair getting prosthetics, contact lenses and wigs applied.
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Zellweger, 50, told the outlet that the chance to play Garland was a “magical” experience.
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“It was such a joy learning about the magnificence of this person,” Zellweger explained. “I always admired her. She was so quick and so funny. She could hit the ball back with the best of them.”
The publication shared that in addition to Zellweger, the movie stars Finn Wittrock as Garland’s fifth husband Mickey Deans, Rufus Sewell as her third husband Sid Luft, and Michael Gambon as her manager Bernard Delfont. Bella Ramsey plays Garland’s daughter Lorna Luft while Gemma-Leah Devereux plays her daughter Liza Minnelli.
Back in March of this year, Garland’s daughter Lorna Luft recalled her childhood to UK’s Sunday Times Post.
“She was a great mother — incredibly loving, touchy-feeling and with a wicked sense of humor,” said the 66-year-old, per Closer Weekly.
“She understood about human frailties in other people and was very understanding,” continued Luft. “She hated discrimination and loved everyone. Both of my parents taught me kindness, understanding and not taking things for granted.”
Judy Garland pictured in New York on arrival with her family, from London, en route to Miami where she will earn an all-time record salary of $10,000 for a one night stand. Mrs. Garland, wife of producer Sid Luft, arrived with her three children Liza, 14; Lorna, 8; and Joey, 5. Undated. (Getty)
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The actress admitted that losing her mother so suddenly was incredibly difficult at such a young age.
Renee Zellweger in Judy (Roadside Attractions)MoreDirector Rupert Goold said in a press statement that he cast Zellweger for her talent, sense of humor, and the musical ability she showcased in 2002s Chicago. “I made it clear to Renee that I wasnt looking for an impersonation of Judy Garlands inimitable voice,” said Goold, “but what I wanted was for Renee to make the songs her own and this she did to thrilling effect.
“When she died, in the bathroom of her Chelsea mews house on June 22, 1969, the show and sense of loss were almost unbearable,” explained Luft. “Losing a parent at any age is devastating, but when you lose a parent who’s really, really famous, you have to share your grief with the rest of the world and that’s so strange. I just knew her as my mother, in the kitchen in a bathrobe, but to the world, she was an icon, a legend.”
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