Turn your sound on because the first trailer for “Judy,” the Judy Garland biopic starring Renee Zellweger, is here.
The minute-long teaser, which dropped Friday, is backed by a haunting version of Garland (Zellweger) singing her signature song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” That abrupt final note will gut you, so be prepared.
Set in 1968, “Judy” covers Garland’s final string of concerts at London’s Talk of the Town nightclub, diving deep into her battles with her management and her family, juxtaposed with her public relationship with fans. Garland, who was Oscar-nominated for “A Star Is Born” (1954) and “Judgment at Nuremberg” (1961), died in London in June 1969 of a barbiturate overdose, 12 days after her 47th birthday.
Sure, it’s just a teaser, but Zellweger looks and sounds great here, capturing the pain and vulnerability of the tragic, legendary icon. Our only nitpick is that we wish we heard the Oscar winner speak as Garland, but this is more than enough to whet our appetite. And it’s never too early to put Zellweger into your Best Actress Oscar predictions.
The film, which marks Zellweger’s first lead role since 2016’s “Bridget Jones’ Baby,” also stars Finn Wittrock (“American Horror Story”), Michael Gambon (“Harry Potter”), Bella Ramsey (“Game of Thrones”) and Gemma-Leah Devereux (“The Tudors”). Tony nominee and two-time Olivier winner Rupert Goold (“King Charles III”) directed from a script by Tom Edge (“The Crown”).
“Judy” is scheduled to hit theaters Sept. 27.