When I heard there was a “first look” of Renée Zellweger in full Judy Garland drag available I braced myself like limp noodle with polio about to walk through a windstorm (with my head held high, of course). According to IndieWire, Renée is starring in Judy which will be directed by “Tony nominee and Olivier Award winner” Rupert Gold. It was reported last year that fair haired Renée stomped on Anne Hathaway’s dreams of being the first to bring Judy to the big screen (Judy Davis played her on TV). To the many that shouted “her?”, Renée would like you to have a seat. Renée did not come to play. Are you ready because heeeeeeeeeere’s Judy!
First look: Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland in #Judy. Films started principal photography in London this weekend. #thetalkofthetown #jessiebuckley #finnwittrock #michaelgambon #rupertgoold #pathe #calamityfilms #bbcfilms pic.twitter.com/ywBzgF1y2s
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Harpo, who dis woman!? (Answer from Michael K: I think that woman is Judy…Judge Judy that is.)
The posture, the hair, the big soulful brown eyes, Renée is delivering it all. I feel like I don’t even know what the old Renée looked like anymore. When she debuted her new face a couple of years ago, she already looked like she had morphed into a whole other person. So I guess it makes sense that she would be able to pull off yet another gag inducing transformation. IndieWire says that Renee is depicting Judy at the age of 46, just a year before she died. Here’s the film’s synopsis:
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.
No word on if Renee will be doing her own singing in the movie. That’s going to be a real sticking point for some. Renée was nominated for an Oscar for Chicago but she’s not exactly a vocal powerhouse. Even at the end of her career, Judy’s talent always spoke for itself. And on that note, I think it best to let Judy have the last word. Judy, show ’em how it’s done!