The new Judy Garland biopic exposes historic female Hollywood struggles

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Renée Zellweger’s performance as Hollywood legend Judy Garland looks set to be an emotional (and stylish) ride.

Renée Zellweger has spoken out about playing one of Hollywood’s most iconic actresses, Judy Garland, in a biopic set to be released later this year. 

The first images of the Bridget Jones star as Judy have just been revealed, with Zellweger sporting two hours worth of prosthetics for the role.

The film, Judy, concentrates on the last year of the star’s tumultuous life (1968-69) before she died of a reported accidental overdose, and is directed by British director Rupert Goold.

Garland died in London in 1969, had been married five times and had three children, one of course being Liza Minelli. She began working aged just two years old, resulting in a 45 year career of her 47 years.

Speaking about her admiration for Garland and the struggles female stars faced in Hollywood, Zellweger said “What she had to overcome in a time when women didn’t necessarily feel that they had power over their own lives in the way that we do today. That stayed with me and I hope folks will be moved by that as well.” 

She added “When there’s a better understanding of what it takes for a person to continue under certain circumstances there is a level of empathy and respect that you can’t help but feel,”

With the images released so far, it’s clear the film won’t only be moving, but look incredible as well. 

The film hits cinemas in early October.

Images: Pathé