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First Look: Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland

The biopic will based on the true story of Garland’s final concerts in London

Pathé and Calamity Films started the principal photography on Judy, based on the true story of Judy Garland’s final concerts in London. Renée Zellweger will play Garland and celebrated British stage director, Rupert Goold will direct. 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.

Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland in Judy.

Even her dreams of romance seem undimmed as she embarks on a courtship with Mickey Deans (Finn Wittrock), 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, Judy celebrates the voice, the capacity for love and the sheer pizzazz of “the world’s greatest entertainer”. The film is based on a script written by Tom Edge (The Crown) and will be produced by BAFTA winner David Livingstone for Calamity Films.

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