The first trailer has been released for the upcoming Judy Garland biopic, Judy. Based on the musical End of the Rainbow, the film stars Renee Zellweger as the troubled but brilliant actress, singer and dancer, famed for her roles in The Wizard of Oz, A Star is Born and Meet Me in St Louis, among others.
Despite her immense talent and popularity, Garland’s personal life was famously turbulent, beset by marital troubles and addiction problems. The film’s first trailer has no hint of this, focusing on Garland’s charisma on stage and her active romantic life; however Zellweger portrays the iconic Garland in her final year before her death from an unintentional drug overdose, so it is likely the film will include some of Garland’s personal struggles.
Zellweger, who won an Oscar for her role in the US Civil War-era drama Cold Mountain, depicts the star while playing her sold-out series of shows in Britain between 1968 and 1969. Due to be released on 27th September, it will be Zellweger’s first leading role since 2016’s Bridget Jones’s Baby. She reportedly took choreography and music lessons and spent many hours having her hair and make-up done in order to emulate Garland as closely as possible, describing her as someone she has “always admired.”
Garland, who died in London at the age of 47, won a Golden Globe, a Special Tony award and a Grammy during her versatile career. Her five marriages (one of which produced superstar Liza Minelli), financial troubles, low self-image and alcohol and drug addiction problems plagued her personal life. She was beloved but troubled, and her story is something that Judy looks set to tell with the support of a venerable cast, which along with Zellweger includes Michael Gambon and Rufus Sewell.
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