Renée Zellweger is unrecognizable as screen legend Judy Garland in the first trailer for the anticipated biopic Judy.
The 50-year-old star stars as Garland as she arrives in London in the winter of 1968 for a series of sold-out concerts despite her exhaustion and deteriorating health. Garland died of an accidental barbiturate overdose months after the tour ended in June 1969 in London. She was 47.
The film is an adaptation of the Tony Award-nominated Broadway play End of the Rainbow by Peter Quilter.
To prepare for the role, the Oscar winner took music lessons, studied choreography and read up about the actress and singer, who shot to fame in 1939 when she played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz but struggled later in life.
The Bridget Jones star spent two hours a day in the makeup chair getting prosthetics, contact lenses and wigs applied.
“It was an exercise in Zen for sure,” she tells PEOPLE.
“Judy” hits theaters September 27th.