Rupert Goold’s “Judy” released a first-look trailer on Friday morning. Tony Award nominee Goold directed the film, working from a screenplay by Tom Edge. “Judy” hits theaters this September, and stars Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell, and Michael Gambon.
The bio-drama tells the story of stage and film icon Judy Garland. The story picks up during the winter of 1968 when Garland traveled to London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town. Over 30 years past since Garland starred in “The Wizard of Oz,” and Garland was returning to the stage for the first time.
The studio teased the story adding, “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.”
In a statement, Rupert Goold spoke about the film adding, “I had always wanted to make a film that explores great performance and its cost. The most fertile ground for such exploration seemed to be at the end of a lifetime of performance. For over 40 years Judy Garland had laughed and loved and entertained no matter what life threw at her, and her public adored her for it. But she paid a price in a childhood lost to Hollywood, an emotional exhaustion and a yearning for a “normal” life beyond the rainbow. It is a powerful and moving story that I hope will inspire new audiences to discover Judy Garland’s joyous legacy.” The director continued, “I felt Renee was uniquely qualified to play Judy. First, because she is a great, Oscar-winning dramatic actress. Second, she is a wonderful comedienne. And third, I knew from CHICAGO that she could sing. I made it clear to Renee that I wasn’t looking for an impersonation of Judy Garland’s inimitable voice, but what I wanted was for Renee to make the songs her own and this she did to thrilling effect.”
“Judy” will release in theaters on September 17th.
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