Academy Award winner Renée Zellweger stars as the legendary Judy Garland in the upcoming biopic, “Judy.”
Roadside Attractions released the official trailer on Monday, many months after the first publicity still hit the internet. Their official synopsis sets the story in the late 1960s:
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.”
Renée Zellweger found her breakout role opposite Tom Cruise in “Jerry Maguire” in 1996. Prior to that, she had roles in cult classics like “Empire Records” and “Reality Bites.” She went on to her first Oscar nomination for “Bridget Jones’ Diary” in 2001 and would reprise that role twice. She was nominated again the next year for “Chicago.” The next year, she won Best Supporting Actress for “Cold Mountain.” She took time away from the spotlight, reemerging in a few smaller films before starring in “What/If” for Netflix.
“Judy” also stars Jessie Buckley, Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon, and Finn Wittrock, among others.
Rupert Goold returns to the director’s chair for his second feature film. He has done some work in television and made his feature debut with “True Story,” a 2015 crime drama that starred James Franco, Jonah Hill, and Felicity Jones.
Tom Edge adapted the screenplay from Peter Quilter’s “End of the Rainbow.” Edge has also worked primarily in television, writing for “Lovesick” and “The Crown.”
“Judy” will be in theaters on September 27.