Renée Zellweger is no stranger to transforming herself for film roles. After all, as the beloved titular character in the three Bridget Jones movies, she gained weight, adjusted her accent and even smoked cigarettes in order to play the part. So, when the chameleon-like actress got the chance to play screen legend Judy Garland, it perhaps came as no surprise that she made a similarly stunning change for the part. And her transformation is rather shocking, too.
But in the movie Judy, Zellweger won’t star as the angelic Garland that most would recognize from her early films – The Wizard of Oz among them. Instead, she’s playing the performer in her later years, during which she suffered from exhaustion, anxiety and addiction.