An official trailer for Judy has arrived online. Starring Renée Zellweger as the showbiz icon Judy Garland, the upcoming biographical drama is one of many films to keep an eye on this awards season. In addition to featuring an Oscar-winning star, the movie is based on Peter Quilter's Tony nominated play, End of the Rainbow, and helmed by the Almeida Theatre's current artistic director, Rupert Goold. Couple that with the fact that memoirs about famous performers (especially singers and/or Hollwood legends) often fare well on the road to the Oscars, and Judy has a lot working in its favor.
The teaser trailer released earlier this year offered a sneak peek of Zellweger singing Garland's beloved Wizard of Oz tune in the film, "Over the Rainbow". It avoided diving too deeply into the plot, though, and left it to a future preview to further flesh things out. Now, with a few months to go still before the movie hits theaters, the full-length promo - one that provides a better look at the drama to come - has been unveiled.
Pathé and Roadside Attractions (which are distributing the film in the UK and U.S., respectively) have now dropped the official Judy trailer online, ahead of its premiere in theaters. You can check it out in the space below.
Written by Tom Edge (The Crown), Judy picks up in the winter of 1968, as its namesake arrives in London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town. While some Judy Garland fans have naturally been wary of anyone trying to imitate the icon's one of a kind singing, Goold has issued a statement in which he explains that "I made it clear to Renée that I wasn’t looking for an impersonation of Judy Garland’s inimitable voice". Most viewers already know that Zellweger can carry a tune thanks to Chicago, but she appears to be have done a nice job of emulating (and not imitating) Garland's classic sound in the Judy footage unveiled so far. Goold agrees in his statement, adding that she's made Garland's songs her own "to thrilling effect".
Of course, there's a lot more to Judy than just Zellweger's singing. As seen in the new trailer, the film explores her whirlwind romance with her soon to be fifth and final husband, Mickey Deans (Finn Wittrock), as well as her mental and physical health problems, her attempts to spend more time with her young children, her battles with management, and the toll that more than thirty years in the limelight took on her life in general. It's engaging subject matter, all in all, and the hope is that Judy will find a way to do justice by it. At the very least, it has a promising performance by Zellweger going for it.
Source: Roadside Attractions
- Judy (2019) release date: Sep 27, 2019