Renée Zellweger is playing classic Hollywood actress Judy Garland in an upcoming biopic, and our first look at the actress in character has arrived.
The film, titled Judy, will follow a 47-year-old Garland (Zellwegger) as she arrives in 1968 London to perform a series of sold-out concerts. As the Wizard of Oz star gets ready to hit the stage and struggles with exhaustion, she thinks about the childhood she lost to Hollywood and wishes she was home with her children.
The film is being directed by acclaimed theatre director Rupert Goold, whose previous screen credits include 2015 crime-drama True Story (starring Jonah Hill and James Franco) and the 2017 TV movie King Charles III. The script comes from Tom Edge, known for television work such as Lovesick, The Crown and C.B. Strike.
Zellwegger certainly has musical experience, having earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her role in the Best Picture-winning Chicago.
Judy, also starring Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon and Jessie Buckley, is expected to hit cinemas later this year.
Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform in a sell-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 romance seem undimmed as she embarks on a courtship with Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband.
And yet Judy is fragile. After working for 45 of her 47 years, she is exhausted; haunted by memories of a childhood lost to Hollywood; gripped by a desire to be back home with her kids. Will she have the strength to go on?
Featuring some of her best-known songs, including the timeless classic ‘Over the Rainbow’, JUDY celebrates the voice, the capacity for love and the sheer pizzazz of “the world’s greatest entertainer”.