Liza Minnelli Does 'Not Approve' of Movie Starring Renée Zellweger as Her Mom Judy Garland

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Liza Minnelli and Renée Zellweger
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Liza Minnelli wants to make it very clear that, despite reports to the contrary, she is absolutely not OK with the upcoming biopic about her late mother, Judy Garland.

The iconic actress of stage and screen took to Facebook on Thursday to blast a report claiming that she and Renée Zellweger, who stars as the beloved Wizard of Oz actress in the upcoming Judy, became friends during the production of the movie.

"I have never met nor spoken to Renee Zellweger," Minnelli says, before clarifying that she has no involvement in the biopic whatsoever. "I don’t know how these stories get started, but I do not approve nor sanction the upcoming film about Judy Garland in any way."

Minnelli added that "any reports to the contrary are 100% fiction."

The report the Oscar-winning actress was refuting has since been taken down.

I have never met nor spoken to Renee Zellweger... I don’t know how these stories get started, but I do not approve nor...

Posted by Liza Minnelli on Thursday, June 14, 2018

The strongly worded post comes just days after Minnelli, 72, paid tribute to her mother with a heartfelt message celebrating Garland's birthday on Sunday, along with a video of her and her mom performing a duet of "Together (Wherever We Go)" during a TV appearance.

"Yesterday would’ve been mamas birthday.... she was taken from Lorna, Joey, and me far too soon," Minnelli wrote. "I love getting to go back and see these wonderful memories."

Yesterday would’ve been mamas birthday.... she was taken from Lorna, Joey, and me far too soon. I love getting to go back and see these wonderful memories. #MinnelliMondays

Posted by Liza Minnelli on Monday, June 11, 2018

Garland died on June 22, 1969 -- 12 days after her birthday. She was 47. Her cause of death was ruled to be an accidental overdose of barbiturates. Minnelli was 23 at the time. 

In the upcoming biopic, Zellweger, 49, plays Garland during the last year of her life, long after being a household name in a slew of starring roles in iconic films like Wizard of Oz, A Star is Born and Meet Me In St. Louis.

According to Deadline, the film will follow Garland as she prepares for her sold-out run at The Talk of the Town nightclub in the winter of 1968.

The film, which is slated to hit theaters on Nov. 30, also stars Michael Gambon as Garland's manager, Bernard Delfont, while actress Gemma-Leah Devereux plays a young Minnelli and Bella Ramsey portrays Minnelli's younger sister, Lorna Luft.

Production began in April and fans got a glimpse of Zellweger's full Garland look, featuring a brunette pixie cut and her famed floral-print dress. Check out the video below.

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