Are Renee Zellweger and Liza Minnelli in a "showdown" over an upcoming Judy Garland biopic? The actress is set to play the late icon in a new movie, but Minnelli is allegedly against the project. Gossip Cop looked into the claim, which comes from the tabloids.
A story in the current edition of Star begins by contending, "Liza Minelli refuses to shout hallelujah and get happy over news that Renee Zellweger has been cast as her mother, Judy Garland, in a bleak biopic on the wasted Wizard of Oz actress." A so-called "source" is quoted as saying, "Liza hates how the movie plans to portray her mom and tried to shame Renee into backing out." The gossip magazine goes on to claim Minnelli is "so desperate to de-focus the film from Judy's booze and drug-filled final days — which left her dead at the age of 47 — she offered to take the role herself!"
Gossip Cop isn't sure how Minnelli taking on the role would make the producers and director change the storyline. But it's not happening, anyway. The outlet's supposed snitch snarks, "The idea of Liza playing Judy is absurd and inappropriate. Renee thinks Liza is being a drama queen and isn't bothered by her protests — she has her eye on an Oscar." Or perhaps the "drama" is coming from the publication itself.
Gossip Cop scoured the internet and couldn't find any indication that Minnelli has voiced objections to the movie. And if the film is going to be made, wouldn't she want an Academy Award winner and proven singer like Zellweger take on the role? If Minnelli shamed her to drop out, the part would just be recast with a lesser actress. So that supposed plan doesn't make sense.
Furthermore, this article misrepresents the film's focus, wrongly claiming it's about Minnelli's "booze and drug-filled final days." In actuality, the movie is set during in late 1968, as she prepares for what will be her final London concerts. She didn't die until June 1969. In addition, the official description for the biopic specifically states that, though the beloved performer is "exhausted" at this point in her career, her "wit and warmth shine through." A hit piece this is not.
Star also has a poor track record when it comes to reporting on Zellweger's movies, falsely claiming she and Patrick Dempsey were starting a real-life romance on the set of the Bridget Jones sequel. The tabloid didn't know what it was talking about then and there's no evidence that it does now. In fact, Minnelli's team denies this article is true.
Gossip Cop believes there to be elements of truth, but the story is ultimately misleading.