Renée Zellweger (“Bridget Jones’ Baby”) will sing her heart out once again. The actor has been cast in Pathé and Calamity Films’ new biopic, “Judy,” about late actor Judy Garland (“Wizard of Oz”). The new film will center on Garland’s final London concerts at the tail end of her career, according to Deadline.
“Judy” begins in the winter of 1968, 30 years after playing the doe-eyed brunette in “The Wizard of Oz.” Garland is in London, preparing for a sold-out run at The Talk of the Town; the singer and actor juggles fights with management, bewitches musicians, sees old friends and pays her dues to adore fans, all with a smile on her face. Everything seems to be coming up roses for the star as she begins a love affair with Mickey Deans, who later becomes her fifth husband. But all is not well with Garland, who’s tired after working for nearly her entire life and simply wishes to go home to her children.
The film is written by “The Crown” writer Tom Edge and will be directed by Tony nominee Rupert Goold (“The Hollow Crown”). “Judy” will be produced by David Livingstone (“Pride”) for Calamity Films. Pathé is set to distribute “Judy” in the United Kingdom, France, and Switzerland and handle worldwide sales.
The biopic will feature some of Garland’s biggest hits, meaning the leading actor will need some golden pipes. Zellweger demonstrated her own musical talents in the 2002 film “Chicago” alongside Catherine-Zeta Jones (“Feud”), earning Zellweger an Oscar nomination for best actress.
Principal photography begins Feb. 2018.