Female actors have been transforming themselves for a long, long time, but there seems to be a theme lately in female actors totally transforming themselves for iconic roles. I mean, did you see how Margot Robbie totally transformed into Tonya Harding for I, Tonya? Or what about Blake Lively, who basically became unrecognizable for her new film, The Rhythm Section, as we saw in leaked photos from the set of the film a few months ago. Now, we’re getting our first look at the latest unbelievable celebrity transformation: Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland.
It’s really a stunning transformation and perhaps the biggest one Zellweger has undergone during her extensive film career. When the first photo of Zellweger as Garland appeared on the internet on Monday, it was hard to believe we weren’t actually just looking at a photo of Garland herself.
Can you even recognize her? Turn that photo black and white, and I’d swear it’s actually Judy Garland, not Zellweger. I’m still not convinced someone didn’t just post a photo of Garland and tell us it’s Zellweger to watch the internet meltdown. Are we being punked?
Zellweger is set to star in the Judy Garland biopic Judy, set in 1968, 30 years after Garland shot to fame with her iconic role as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. It will follow Garland as she’s living in London to prepare for a sold-out stage run. That’s also the time that she met and married Mickey Deans, her fifth husband. It will explore the darker aspects of Garland’s life, like being separated from her kids while she worked in England and grappling with the loss of her own childhood after starting her acting career at just 2 years old.
Needless to say, this is going to be a must-see for both Garland fans and Zellweger fans alike. Even if you’re not in either of those camps, see the movie just to see Zellweger’s amazing transformation into such an iconic character. Something tells us it’s going to be worth the price of admission.