*** 8 July 2019, UPDATE: watch the new Judy trailer now ***
Renée Zellweger certainly looks the part in this first teaser for Judy, the Just Garland biopic coming out at.
And she’s a terrific singer too – it is Renée singing Somewhere Over The Rainbow, the soundtrack to this first glimpse.
The film is set a few months before Judy Garland died at 47 of an accidental drug overdose. It’s a poignant and personal performance, that song – with scenes of the young Judy on the set of The Wizard Of Oz and older with her children.
The colours are gorgeous, rich and bright, fitting for a story about a woman caught up in the beautiful artifice of film, music and celebrity.
Here’s the official synopsis of the film:
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; and gripped by a desire to be back home with her kids. 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”.
Judy also stars Bella Ramsey as Judy Garland’s daughter Lorna Luft, Gemma-Leah Devereux as her daughter Liza Minnelli, Jessie Buckley as Rosalyn Wilder, Michael Gambon as Garland’s manager Bernard Delfont, Finn Wittrock as her fifth husband Mickey Deans, and Rufus Sewell as Judy’s third husband Sidney Luft.
It’s directed by Rupert Goold and is released in the US on 27 September and in the UK on 4 October.
Watch the Judy trailer now: