First Look: Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland in ‘Judy’

Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland
Renee Zellweger stars as Judy Garland in ‘Judy’ (Photo Credit: Pathe, BBC Films, and Calamity Films)

Calamity Films, BBC Films, Ingenious Media, and Pathé have unveiled the first photo of Oscar nominee Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones’s Diary, Cold Mountain, and Chicago) in character as film legend Judy Garland in Judy. The film’s based on a true story and chronicles the events surrounding Judy Garland’s final concerts in London.

In addition to Renee Zellweger, Judy‘s cast includes Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story), Jessie Buckley (War and Peace), and Sir Michael Gambon (the Harry Potter film franchise). The film is being directed by Tony nominee and two-time Olivier winner Rupert Goold (Enron). The Crown‘s Tom Edge wrote the script.

BAFTA winner David Livingstone (Pride) for Calamity Films is producing along with . Pathé’s Cameron McCracken, BBC Films’ Rose Garnett and Ingenious’ Andrea Scarso are executive producing. Laurence Myers, Lee Dean, Aaron Levene, Charles Diamond, Ellis Goodman and Hilary Williams are also involved as executive producers.

Filming begin in February 2018 on Judy.

The Plot: Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform in a sell-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 romance seem undimmed as she embarks on a courtship with Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband. And yet Judy is fragile. After working for 45 of her 47 years, she is exhausted; haunted by memories of a childhood lost to Hollywood; gripped by a desire to be back home with her kids. Will she have the strength to go on?

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”.