First Look: Renee Zellweger as Screen Icon Judy Garland in 'Judy'

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Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland in 'Judy'

The film is set to chronicle Garland's final concerts in London in the late '60s.

Renee Zellweger is Judy Garland in the first look-image from upcoming biopic Judy.

The film — which started principal production on Monday — is based on the true story of Garland's final concerts in London, with Jessie Buckley (War and Peace), Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story) and Michael Gambon (Harry Potter) starring alongside Oscar-winner Zellweger. 

Tony nominee and two-time Olivier winner Rupert Goold (King Charles III) directs from a script written by The Crown scribe Tom Edge. BAFTA winner David Livingstone (Pride) produces for Calamity Films. Judy is a Pathe, BBC Films and Ingenious Media presentation of a Calamity Films Production.

Judy will chronicle Garland's arrival in swinging 1968 London to perform in a series of sellout shows. It has been 30 years since "the world's greatest entertainer" shot to global fame in The Wizard of Oz and as she prepares for the concerts, she battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, while also embarking on a courtship with Mickey Dean, her soon-to-be fifth husband. Yet Garland is also fragile, and having spent 45 of her 47 years working, she is haunted by memories of a childhood lost to Hollywood and a desire to be back home with her kids. Will she have the strength to go on?

Featuring some of her best-known songs, including the timeless classic "Over the Rainbow," Judy celebrates the voice, the capacity for love and the sheer pizzazz of “the world’s greatest entertainer”.

Goold’s creative team includes director of photography Ole Bratt Birkeland (The Crown), musical director Matt Dunkley (Black Swan), editor Melanie Oliver (Les Miserables), costume designer Jany Temime (Harry Potter), makeup and hair designer Jeremy Woodhead (Doctor Strange) and production designer Kave Quinn (Far from the Madding Crowd).

Executive producers are Cameron McCracken for Pathé, Rose Garnett for BBC Films and Andrea Scarso for Ingenious.

Laurence Myers, Lee Dean, Aaron Levene, Charles Diamond, Ellis Goodman and Hilary Williams will also receive exec producer credits.

Pathe will distribute the film in the U.K., France and Switzerland and will handle sales throughout the rest of the world.