Judy Garland Biopic is Happening. Here's First Look at Who's Playing the Iconic Actress


Forty-nine years after her death, Judy Garland will be returning to the big screen.

Not Garland herself, per se, but an Oscar-winning actress has been chosen to portray the star in a new biopic about the latter part of her life.

The singer and actress will always hold a special place in our hearts since she captured them by singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” in The Wizard of Oz.

But this film will recount her final sold out concerts in London and her relationships with musicians and fans, as well as her problems with management.

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Renée Zellweger has been chosen to portray Garland in the new biopic “Judy,” and her transformation into the screen legend is uncanny.

In a first look photo, Zellweger is dressed in a floral black dress and sings into a microphone, and her similarities to Garland is worth a double-take.

One Twitter user said, “I was scrolling FB and I thought this was an old photo of Judy, who’s one of my all time favorites, a legend!”

In addition to Zellweger, Finn Wittrock will play Garland’s fifth husband Mickey Deans and Michael Gambon will portray manager Bernard Delfront. Garland’s daughters Lorna Luft and Liza Minnelli will be played by Bella Ramsey and Gemma-Leah Devereux.

Pathé and Calamity Films are behind the production for the movie based on a script written by Tom Edge, which will reportedly feature some of Garland’s famous songs.

Garland died of an accidental barbiturate overdose when she was 47 in June 1969.

According to third husband Sid Luft, Garland’s life was dominated by a need to be “camera slim.” In his book “Judy and I: My Life with Judy Garland” he wrote, “Most of her teen and adult life, she had been on either Benzedrine or a diet or both.”

After her death, Luft wrote, “She was totally burned out. Destroyed. I couldn’t save her.”

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We can’t wait to see Judy come back to life later this year! Are you planning on watching the biopic?

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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