AceShowbiz - Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger is set to play Judy Garland in "Judy", a biopic which will be based on Garland's final concerts in London. Production on the movie is expected to kick off in February 2018, with Rupert Goold ("King Charles III") serving behind the lens from a script written by Tom Edge ("The Crown").
BAFTA winner David Livingstone is attached to produce the new movie for Calamity Films, with Pathe distributing it in France, Switzerland and the U.K. as well as handling global sales. According to the producers, the film will feature some of Garland's most popular songs. It's expected to arrive in the U.S. sometime in 2019.
Set in London in 1968, nearly 30 years after "The Wizard of Oz" made her an international movie star, the biopic will follow Garland as she prepares for her sold-out show, "The Talk of the Town" (featuring classics like "Over the Rainbow" and "The Trolley Song").
The new biopic will also recount the Oscar nominee's battles with management as she's feeling overworked after a lifetime spent in show business. Missing her children, she even contemplates walking away from the stage. Additionally, it will explore her relationship with entrepreneur and musician Mickey Deans, whom she marries months later.
Garland, who died of a barbiturate overdose in 1969, has been the subject of several made-for-TV movies over the years. Andrea McArdle played the legendary entertainer in NBC's "Rainbow" in 1978, Tammy Blanchard and Judy Davis played her on ABC's "Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows" in 2001, and Sigrid Thronton played her on Seven Network's "Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door" in 2015.
"Judy" will mark a musical comeback of sorts for Zellweger, who received an Academy Award nomination for her leading role as Roxie Hart in 2002's film adaptation of the Broadway musical "Chicago". She most recently starred in "Same Kind of Different as Me", which debuted on October 20, placing twelfth at domestic box office with $2.6 million.