Over the past decade or so, Renee Zellweger has proven herself to be one of the best actresses in the business – and let’s be honest, we can’t imagine anyone else playing the incredible-yet-disastrous Bridget Jones.
Now, it’s been announced that the actress will star as Judy Garland in a new biopic about her life. The movie, which will be simply titled Judy, will follow the last few years of Judy Garland’s life. We will get an insight into her final concerts in 1968, and the events that led up to her death. In an exciting new twist, it seems as if the biopic will follow a similar timeline and structure to the Tony-nominated Broadway show, End of the Rainbow – which was pretty darn spectacular!
Thankfully, our musical-theater-nerd-brains will be fulfilled with this new biopic, as the producers have already confirmed that Judy will feature some of Judy Garland’s most iconic songs. Of course, if you’ve only seen Renee Zellweger and her granny pants singing (or trying to sing) Mariah Carey’s ‘Without You’ in Bridget Jones, you may be a little wary about the actress singing the songs of an icon. But you’ll be happy to know that Zellweger is an incredible singer and has an amazing talent – something she has been happy to show off as Roxie in Chicago.
Wanna know more about Judy? Well, check out the official announcement for the movie:
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?
Oooooh, dang. That sounds good.
Judy will be produced by Calamity Films, with David Livingstone taking the producer’s chair. He will be joined on set by Rupert Goold (a stage directing legend) and Tom Edge (writer of The Crown) who wrote the script for the new movie. There’s no word yet on when Judy will be released – but of course, we’ll let you know as soon as we find out. Because we’re nice like that.