TORONTO -- For Renee Zellweger, the task of becoming Judy Garland was too daunting to contemplate all at once.
Such a character needed to be assembled piecemeal: a bit-by-bit metamorphosis starting with the voice, followed by workshopping the songs and then building in the mannerisms, the hair, the make-up, the stage presence, and so on.
Zellweger says crafting the character for the film "Judy" was "a series of experiments."
"Judy" is the apotheosis of a resurgence for the 50-year-old Zellweger, who earlier this decade took a six-year hiatus away from acting. Her performance as Garland has so bowled over festival audiences that she's widely considered this year's front-runner for the best actress Oscar.
"Judy" opens in select theaters Friday.