Renee Zellweger shines as Judy Garland in first Judy trailer – USA TODAY
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Renée Zellweger stuns as Judy Garland in first Judy biopic trailer
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“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.”
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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.
Judy Garland is one of the most iconic actresses/singers in the history of entertainment and the upcoming biopic, Judy, proves that. The first trailer from the highly anticipated film was released on May 10 and it shows a transformed Renee Zellweger, 50, who is portraying Judy, looking uncannily similar to the brown-eyed brunette beauty. From Judy’s memorable role as Dorothy in the classic Wizard of Oz to her Hollywood comeback in the extremely popular 1954 remake of A Star is Born, she’s definitely made an impact over the years. Here are five things you should know about the legend, before the biopic film hits theaters on September 27, 2019.
Renee Zellweger in Judy (Roadside Attractions)MoreIn order to transform into the show-business legend, Zellweger spent two hours a day getting makeup, prosthetics, and contact lenses applied, a process the Oscar winner described to People as “an exercise in Zen.”
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Judy Garland: 5 Things To Know On The Legendary Actress That Renee Zellweger Is Playing In Biopic
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.
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.
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Look, she’s got the Judy look down. She’s got the mannerisms and what looks like that frantic, high-strung Judy energy. We don’t think there’s a resemblance so much as an attempt to layer enough drag over Renee’s bone structure to fool the eye, which is fine enough, we suppose. We think, on paper, this casting makes a lot of sense. But why are they letting her sing? Renee Zellweger has already proven she can sing, but it remained to be seen if she could sing as Judy. Now we know. Maybe it’s not fair to base it off one excerpt, but it’s an excerpt from her most famous song, being used to convince us that the person singing it can make us believe that she’s Judy Garland. More important, director Rupert Goold said of her performance, “I wasnt looking for an impersonation of Judy Garlands inimitable voice, but what I wanted was for Renee to make the songs her own and this she did to thrilling effect. Sorry, no. If you’re doing a Judy biopic, you don’t get to “make the songs your own.” Either do Judy or get out. We get that this is near the end of Judy’s life and they’re going for a weakened take, but it’s not working for us.