When it comes to the story of famed Wizard of Oz actress Judy Garland…well her real story is just as cinematic as the roles she played. Sadly the ending to her story was one of immense tragedy as the actress eventually died from a drug overdose at the age of 47. Similar to the tragedy of Marilyn Monroe, both comment on the immense pressure Hollywood brings on actors, namely actresses when it comes to their physical attractiveness and the image they present as if they were a brand than a person.
Like when Monroe got the biopic treatment a few years ago with My Week with Marilyn, Garland is getting a biopic focused on an isolated moment in her life before her death, namely in 1968 as she arrives in London for a run of sell-out concerts at the Talk of the Town. Titled Judy, the film is actually an adaptation of the Olivier and Tony nominated 2012 Broadway play End of the Rainbow by Peter Quilter. An interesting choice to take on the role is Renée Zellweger who actually put her career on hiatus in 2010 after her film My Own Love Long was released. After 6 years away, she began taking parts in 2016 again.
Whether this is the film that revives Zellweger’s career or not (Due to the struggle for middle age actresses to find juicy roles) is another story. The official teaser trailer for Judy puts on display that, despite years being away, Zellweger is perfect for the role and is ready to take on the challenge. Check it out below:
Judy co-stars Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell, and Michael Gambon. It is directed by Rupert Goold. It is set to be released in theaters in the United States on September 27th, followed by a release in the United Kingdom on October 4th.