There’s a clip in the first full official trailer for Judy in which the legendary Judy Garland (played by Renee Zellweger) is asked if she takes anything for depression. She replies, “Four husbands. Didn’t work.” Amid the scenes of Judy on stage and Judy struggling to deal with financial debt that separates her from her children, that self-deprecating exchange stands out.
In addition to Oscar winner Renee Zellweger (Cold Mountain), the cast includes Jessie Buckley as Rosalyn Wilder, Finn Wittrock as Mickey Deans, Rufus Sewell as Sidney Luft, and Michael Gambon as Bernard Delfont. Rupert Goold (True Story) directed from a screenplay by Tom Edge.
Roadside Attractions and LD Entertainment have set a September 27, 2019 theatrical release date.
“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,” explained director Rupert Goold. “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.
“Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town. It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown. As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through. 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 ‘the world’s greatest entertainer.'”