Renée Zellweger is no stranger to musical storytelling. Her outstanding performance as spotlight-hungry Roxie Hart in 2002’s CHICAGO earned her an Oscar® nomination and Golden Globe win. Yet, her newest role is remarkable — if you thought Zellweger shined on screen and showed off her pipes before, just wait until you see her in biopic JUDY.
Zellweger stars as Judy Garland in a spellbinding story that centers on a difficult five weeks of the icon’s life. In winter 1968, Garland arrives in London to perform a sold-out run at The Talk of the Town, featuring some of her best-known songs. (And yes, Zellweger’s rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” may just bring you to tears.)
But Garland’s life isn’t all sunshine and (forgive us) rainbows. On top of financial troubles, Garland battles with management and addiction, and JUDY doesn’t shy away from her mistakes and inner demons. The film shows us the human side of the legend, as a woman with flaws but who tries to do her best for her family.
Of course, there are also plenty of joyous moments between Garland and her children, musicians and fans, and Zellweger beautifully captures her wit and warmth. Really, Zellweger encapsulates all of Garland’s familiar qualities, from her look and voice to her physicality.
Undoubtedly the best part of JUDY is the authenticity. Audiences get to see the real, multifaceted Garland and fall in love with every side of her — even the less charming parts — and that's thanks to Zellweger's magical performance, possibly her best yet and one that's sure to earn her another Oscar nomination.
Get your tickets to JUDY now for the September 27 release.