The first full-length glimpse into Renée Zellweger’s performance in the forthcoming Judy Garland biopic Judy has been released.
Starring Zellweger in the titular role, Judy follows the late showbiz legend in the latter stages of her career, spotlighting Garland as she makes her comeback at a residency at the Talk of the Town in London months before her death in 1969. Garland is shown ravaged by a barbiturate addiction, knee-deep in financial troubles, and struggling to care for her children as she takes on the five-week residency and finds herself entering in a whirlwind romance with Mickey Deans (Finn Wittrock), her soon-to-be fifth husband.
Directed by Rupert Goold and co-starring Jessie Buckley, Wittrock and Rufus Sewell, the film focuses on two specific moments in Garland’s career: its triumphant beginning and tragic end.
“I thought there was an opportunity to explore something that isn’t often considered when you’re thinking about this larger than life personality—what it was that she delivered in her work and what it cost her,” Zellweger said in a statement.
The film will feature Zellweger taking on some of Garland’s best-known songs, including the Wizard of Oz classic “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Zellweger spent a full year training with a vocal coach in the U.S. and four months rehearsing with the film’s musical director to prepare for her performances.
Judy is set to arrive on Sept. 27, and you can catch the full-length trailer and official poster below. Revisit the first teaser here while you’re at it.