The first official trailer for the Judy Garland biopic Judy was just released today. Possibly we should tag it as “first listen,” with Renée Zellweger giving it her go as the famous singer.
Zellweger starred in the 2002 movie version of the Broadway musical Chicago, so, this isn’t the first time she’s sung on-camera. But, with Garland being such an icon and expectations for the portrayal being high, there is a lot of pressure on the Bridget Jones star to perform.
Here she is singing the song known worldwide, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
In the trailer we see Judy as a young girl (Darci Shaw), making her start as an actress. The film moves along with Judy as she pursues a showbiz career and motherhood. The majority of the film takes place in 1968 London, when Judy arrives for her sold-out series of nightclub shows.
We can see bits of her life behind the scenes, alone and seeming a bit defeated. It gives a glimpse of her struggles, that were kept away from the public eye at the time to surface later.
Garland began working as a child actress in vaudeville. She starred in a number of films as a teenager, but 1939’s The Wizard of Oz was her breakthrough role, making her a household name (before the internet!). Other popular movies she led include 1941’s Ziegfeld Girl and 1944’s Meet Me in St. Louis.
She also starred in the 1954 A Star is Born, which was remade just last year, starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.
If you haven’t seen it already, here’s a look at Garland as “the star.”
Watching the above might help place Zellwegger as Garland in her 40s versus a young Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. In addition to Zellwegger you can look for Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell and Michael Gambon. Bella Ramsey and Gemma-Leah Devereux play her daughters Lorna Luft and Liza Minnelli, respectively.
Judy hits theaters in the U.S. on September 27 and in the U.K. on October 4.
Do you think Renée Zellweger will be able to pull off portraying such a legend?Read More