In the new trailer for “Judy,” it’s 30 years since “The Wizard of Oz,” and Judy Garland is in Swinging London, circa 1968, for five weeks of sold-out shows at the Talk of the Town.
Played by Renée Zellweger, Garland reminisces with fans and battles with management as she prepares for the run, even entering into a whirlwind romance with Mickey Deans, the man who will become her fifth husband.
Garland’s fans can expect something a little out of the ordinary, however, from the actress who showed audiences she could sing in 2002’s “Chicago.”
“I made it clear to Renée that I wasn’t looking for an impersonation of Judy Garland’s inimitable voice, but what I wanted was for Renée to make the songs her own, and this she did to thrilling effect,” Tony-nominated director Rupert Goold said Friday in a release.
The movie, set just months before Garland’s death from a drug overdose, features some of her best-known songs and is a celebration of her life.
“I had always wanted to make a film that explores great performance and its cost,” Goold said. “The most fertile ground for such exploration seemed to be at the end of a lifetime of performance.”