WATCH: Renée Zellweger is Judy Garland in trailer for new biopic

Cape Town – Renée Zellweger transforms into the legendary Judy Garland for her first leading role since Bridget Jones’ Baby.

The first trailer for the highly anticipated biopic, Judy, directed by Rupert Goold has been released.

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Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town.

It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown.

As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through.

In the 1 minute clip which shows scenes from the film Renée can be heard singing, Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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In an interview with People magazine, Renée revealed that she took music lessons, studied choreography and researched Judy extensively.

The 50-year-old spent two hours a day in the make-up chair to transform into the legendary actress which included wearing contact lenses, wigs, and prosthetics.

"It was such a joy learning about the magnificence of this person," said Renée.

Judy releases in SA cinemas on Friday, 9 October.