The late movie star’s life is being brought to life in the first official preview of theater director Rupert Goold’s upcoming film titled “Judy,” which is adapted from Peter Quilter’s music “End of the Rainbow,” Entertainment Weekly reported Friday.
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).
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.
Zellweger, 50, told the outlet that the chance to play Garland was a “magical” experience.
“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.”
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