Why Liza Minnelli Should Expect a Call From Renee Zellweger

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Renee Zellweger is currently hip-deep in research for her next role, playing Judy Garland in Judy, an upcoming biopic about the late singer.

"There's so much material out there," Zellweger, 48, tells THR. Her favorite find so far: a clip of Garland performing with Mickey Rooney on CBS' The Judy Garland Show, which ran in 1963 and 1964. "She's so comfortable," Zellweger marvels of Garland, who died of an accidental barbiturate overdose in 1969. "You could see she's being herself. She was so funny and cool."

Still, there is one key resource Zellweger hasn't yet tapped for the film (which starts shooting in February): Garland's daughter, Liza Minnelli. "I think I might have to do that — thanks for the idea," she tells THR. "It sounds like a good excuse to make a phone call."

This story first appeared in the Dec. 18 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.