We've known for several months now that Renee Zellweger would be playing Judy Garland in an upcoming biopic about The Wizard of Oz actress' life. Zellweger landed the gig back in October of 2017, but now the movie is coming together, and we've gotten our first look at Zellweger playing the actress in Judy. Honestly, she very much looks the part. Take a look, below.
As the studio image notes, this week Judy is starting principal photography in London. As you can see from the image, Judy is singing in the picture, which fits in with the premise of the biopic. The movie is expected to follow Judy Garland's last tour as a singer back in 1969. She performed that year at the Talk of the Town nightclub in London, so it makes sense the movie would be filming in the famous city. The movie will look at her sold-out shows, as well as her relationships, including within her personal life, and with her management and her fans.
In real life, following the five-week run of concerts in London, Garland did a show in Copenhagen, Denmark, got married to her fifth husband Mickey Deans and finally was found dead in her bathtub on June 22, 1969.
Tom Edge, who has written episodes of Netflix's The Crown, also wrote Judy. Pathe will be distributing the movie internationally, and Cameron McCracken, Rose Garnett, and Andrea Scarso are executive producing the project. Rupert Goold is signed on as the director of the film. A previous project about Judy Garland was in the works years ago with Anne Hathaway attached, but this movie seems to be going in a different direction.
Judy should be a particularly cool project for Renee Zellweger, who hasn't taken on as many memorable roles in recent years. The actress has previously said that she needed to take a break from Hollywood because she was "craving normalcy," although she did return to Tinseltown to play the popular character Bridget Jones in the 2016 flick Bridget Jones's Baby. In fact, it looks like Zellweger will definitely be singing while playing Judy Garland, which should mark the first time she's taken on a full-blown musical role since she played Roxie Hart in the 2002 movie Chicago.
As for Judy, the movie will also star American Horror Story's Finn Wittrock as Judy Garland's fifth husband Mickey Deans. Rufus Sewell will play the famed Sidney Luft, Judy Garland's third husband who has also been credited for her comeback in A Star is Born. Michael Gambon will play Talk of the Town club manager Bernard Delfont, who signed Garland for the gig. Jessie Buckley will play an assistant at Talk of the Town, Rosalyn Wilder. The movie doesn't have an official release date yet, but currently seems to be expected to come out in 2018. We'll definitely keep you updated as we get more looks at the world in 1969 and the memorable characters in Judy.