Renee Zellweger transforms into Judy Garland for new biopic, first trailer reveals – Fox News

Renee Zellweger transforms into Judy Garland for new biopic, first trailer reveals - Fox News
Renée Zellweger stuns as Judy Garland in first Judy biopic trailer
In the first official trailer of the upcoming film “Judy,” directed by Rupert Goold, we are getting a glimpse of what the legendary movie star will look like on the screen adaptation of Peter Quilter’s musical “End of the Rainbow,” Entertainment Weekly reported Friday.

Zellweger, in her first leading role since 2016’s “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” portrays Garland one year before her death from an accidental drug overdose at age 47 in 1969 as the “Wizard of Oz” leading lady arrives in London to launch a comeback in a series of sold-out concerts at the Talk of the Town nightclub (now known as the Hippodrome).

The clip opens with Zellweger singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” while the camera pans up the Yellow Brick Road, before taking the audience far, far away from The Wizard of Oz universe and into the Swinging Sixties London.

Judy Trailer: Renée Zellwegers Judy Garland Takes You Somewhere Over the Rainbow

People magazine reported that to prepare for the part, the 50-year-old Oscar winner took music lessons, studied choreography and read up about the actress and singer, who shot to fame as a child star, but struggled later in adulthood. She also spent two hours a day in the makeup chair getting prosthetics, contact lenses and wigs applied.

In a new teaser trailer for Judy released Friday morning, fans get a good glimpse of Renée Zellweger — as well as her angelic voice — as she portrays Judy Garland.

Judy Trailer Released, Renee Zellweger Sings Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Zellweger, 50, told the outlet that the chance to play Garland was a “magical” experience.

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“It was such a joy learning about the magnificence of this person,” Zellweger explained. “I always admired her. She was so quick and so funny. She could hit the ball back with the best of them.”

Read the studio’s official logline here: 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.”

The publication shared that in addition to Zellweger, the movie stars Finn Wittrock as Garland’s fifth husband Mickey Deans, Rufus Sewell as her third husband Sid Luft, and Michael Gambon as her manager Bernard Delfont. Bella Ramsey plays Garland’s daughter Lorna Luft while Gemma-Leah Devereux plays her daughter Liza Minnelli.

Back in March of this year, Garland’s daughter Lorna Luft recalled her childhood to UK’s Sunday Times Post.

“She was a great mother — incredibly loving, touchy-feeling and with a wicked sense of humor,” said the 66-year-old, per Closer Weekly.

“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 Garlands joyous legacy.

“She understood about human frailties in other people and was very understanding,” continued Luft. “She hated discrimination and loved everyone. Both of my parents taught me kindness, understanding and not taking things for granted.”

Judy Garland pictured in New York on arrival with her family, from London, en route to Miami where she will earn an all-time record salary of $10,000 for a one night stand. Mrs. Garland, wife of producer Sid Luft, arrived with her three children Liza, 14; Lorna, 8; and Joey, 5. Undated. (Getty)

Judy takes place in 1969, one year before Garlands death from a barbiturate overdose at age 47. With her health deteriorating, Garland was supporting herself with a concert tour, caring for her three children, and embarking on a romance with her future third husband, the much-younger nightclub manager Mickey Deans (Finn Wittrock). Garland was haunted throughout her life by harrowing memories of a childhood in the spotlight; her mistreatment by the studio directly resulted in the drug addictions and eating disorder that contributed to her untimely death.

Video: JUDY | Official Teaser Trailer | Roadside Attractions

The actress admitted that losing her mother so suddenly was incredibly difficult at such a young age.

Renee Zellweger in Judy (Roadside Attractions)MoreDirector Rupert Goold said in a press statement that he cast Zellweger for her talent, sense of humor, and the musical ability she showcased in 2002s Chicago. “I made it clear to Renee that I wasnt looking for an impersonation of Judy Garlands inimitable voice,” said Goold, “but what I wanted was for Renee to make the songs her own and this she did to thrilling effect.

“When she died, in the bathroom of her Chelsea mews house on June 22, 1969, the show and sense of loss were almost unbearable,” explained Luft. “Losing a parent at any age is devastating, but when you lose a parent who’s really, really famous, you have to share your grief with the rest of the world and that’s so strange. I just knew her as my mother, in the kitchen in a bathrobe, but to the world, she was an icon, a legend.”

Directed by Rupert Goold, the biopic captures the sadness of Judy Garland’s final year before her death aged 47. Racked by financial troubles and the aftermath of her divorces, Garland heads out on a series of concerts in London at the end of 1968, some 30 years after The Wizard of Oz catapulted her to fame.

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The first trailer for Judy has been released, and it sees Renee Zellweger transforming into one of Hollywood’s most enduring icons.

Video: JUDY Official Trailer (2019) Renée Zellweger, Judy Garland Movie HD

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