Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland in New Film JUDY

In the new movie Judy, directed by Rupert Goold, Renée Zellweger takes on one of the most ambitious roles of her career. Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell and Michael Gambon form the talented ensemble, bringing the screenplay by Tom Edge to life. Viewers are transported back to winter 1968, when showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in London to perform a 5-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town.
It is 30 years since Judy Garland shot to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz. Her voice has weakened, but its dramatic intensity has grown. As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine. 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 one of the world’s greatest entertainers.
Acclaimed Director Rupert Goold: 2019 Tony Award Nominee
Guiding the ambitious project, Director Rupert Goold was interested in delving into the personal price that stars often pay.
“I had always wanted to make a film that explores great performance and its cost. The most fertile ground for such exploration seemed to be at the end of a lifetime of performance.  For over 40 years Judy Garland had laughed and loved and entertained no matter what life threw at her, and her public adored her for it.  But she paid a price in a childhood lost to Hollywood, an emotional exhaustion and a yearning for a “normal” life beyond the rainbow.  It is a powerful and moving story that I hope will inspire new audiences to discover Judy Garland’s joyous legacy,” he said.
“I felt Renee was uniquely qualified to play Judy.  First, because she is a great, Oscar-winning dramatic actress.  Second, she is a wonderful comedienne.  And third, I knew from CHICAGO that she could sing.  I made it clear to Renee that I wasn’t looking for an impersonation of Judy Garland’s inimitable voice, but what I wanted was for Renee to make the songs her own and this she did to thrilling effect.”
Release Date and Your Comments About the New Movie JUDY
Roadside Attractions and LD Entertainment will release the new movie JUDY in theaters on September 27, 2019.
What do you think about the casting for this movie, and why? If you directed this film, how would you approach the story of the showbiz legend Judy Garland?
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