Oscar-winning actress Renée Zellweger has slowly found her way back into the spotlight. With a Netflix neo-noir on deck, the actress is about to take on, likely among her most challenging roles, playing one of the greatest stars Hollywood has ever seen. In the eponymous “Judy,” Zellweger will take on the part of Judy Garland.
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While Zellweger is undoubtedly the draw for audiences of the picture, the film also stars Rufus Sewell and Michael Gambon, and is directed by Rupert Goold. Garland’s daughter, Oscar winner Liza Minnelli, shared in a post on Facebook she did not approve of the film early on during the film’s production. Nevertheless, the film moved forward, and a teaser trailer has arrived.
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Set 30 years after the success of “The Wizard Of Oz,” Zellweger will play Garland in the last year of her life, 1968. Audiences will see Garland’s confrontations with management and personal endeavors reach an apex in her tumultuous and tragic final year. But it’s Garland’s immense talent and voice the film seeks to highlight. Zellweger does, in fact, do her own singing for the film. The actress had previously sung for the film “Chicago” in the early 2000s. The actress has her work cut out for her as a voice like Garland’s is difficult to recreate. A full trailer has yet to be released, but until then, fans of Zellweger and Garland alike have this teaser to tide themselves through.
“Judy” hits theaters September 27.
Here’s the teaser trailer and full synopsis:
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.”