Oscar winner Renée Zellweger plays Judy Garland in the upcoming biopic Judy.
A teaser trailer has been released, providing a taste of what’s in store in the upcoming feature from director Rupert Goold (True Story, The Hollow Crown). The film finds Zellweger playing showbiz legend Judy Garland, who we catch arriving in 1968 London to perform a series of sold-out concerts. As the Wizard of Oz star gets ready to hit the stage, she reminisces with friends and fans, fights with management, and embarks on a romance with her soon-to-be fifth husband, Mickey Deans (Finn Wittrock). Garland would go on to pass away from an overdose the following year, aged 47. Screenwriter Tom Edge (The Crown, Lovesick) wrote the screenplay, an adaptation of Peter Quilter’s stage play Edge of the Rainbow.
Zellweger could find herself back in the awards spotlight if all goes well here. It’s a potentially very meaty role; one that could prove to be a nice showcase for her talents.
“I felt Renee was uniquely qualified to play Judy,” director Goold said in a statement. “First, because she is a great, Oscar-winning dramatic actress. Second, she is a wonderful comedienne. And third, I knew from Chicago that she could sing. I made it clear to Renee that I wasn’t looking for an impersonation of Judy Garland’s inimitable voice, but what I wanted was for Renee to make the songs her own and this she did to thrilling effect.”
Judy, also starring Jessie Buckley, Rufus Sewell, and Michael Gambon, hits the US on September 27 and arrives in Australia on October 10.
Official synopsis for Judy:
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. Even her dreams of love seem undimmed as she embarks on a whirlwind romance with Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband. Featuring some of her best-known songs, the film celebrates the voice, the capacity for love, and the sheer pizzazz of “the world’s greatest entertainer.”