Renée Zellweger to star in new movie about Judy Garland

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Directed by Tony nominee Rupert Goold, the film will pay particular attention to the LGBT+ icons final concerts in London.

Deadline reports the movie should begin filming in February 2018 and the Pathe and Calamity Films creation is expected to be set in  winter 1968, 30 years after Judy took a trip to the Emerald City as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.

Set to perform live at The Talk of the Town in London, the enclosing world of show business, love and addiction becomes ever-greater. Judy’s soon-to-be fifth husband Mickey Deans is likely to feature as the exhaustion becomes great and her lost childhood to Hollywood and desire to be back with her children grows stronger.

Renée Zellweger will play Judy in the movie which is likely to feature some of the most iconic songs from Judy’s catalogue. This isn’t the first time we will have heard Renée sing – her work in now signature musical movie Chicago earned her an Oscar nod.

The film will be written by Tom Edge of The Crown success. It will be produced by BAFTA winner David Livingstone.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this specific part of Judy’s life played out. Hit West End and Broadway musical End of the Rainbow – a show that also featured signature songs by Judy. British actress Tracie Bennett took the leading role.

Until then, here’s the original star herself singing the song that changed her life, and all ours, forever…

Related: On Judy Garland’s birthday, we talk to Lorna Luft about the lasting memory of her iconic mother

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