Eight years ago, The Weinstein Company (eeesh) announced they were working on a biopic about Judy Garland, based on the book Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland. It was supposed to star Anne Hathaway. Eight years later, a different Judy Garland biopic has been announced and this one will star Renee Zellweger as Judy. “I’m sorry, was my number disconnected recently?” thought a furious Anne Hathaway, as she crushed her phone in her right hand.
Deadline says that the movie will be called Judy and will focus on Judy Garland’s final sold-out concerts at The Talk of the Town in London in the late ’60s shortly before her death. Pathé will distribute the film in the UK, France, and Switzerland. No word on who will bring it to North America. Tom Edge will write the screenplay and Rupert Goold will direct. Shooting will start in February.
We’ve already seen Judy Davis play later-years Judy to perfection in the 2001 miniseries Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows. But now it’s Renee’s turn to try to pull it off and sing as Judy. Deadline reminds us that Renee sang in Chicago, and that that performance landed her a Best Actress Oscar nomination, which I guess makes her qualified to warble out “Over the Rainbow.”
One of the things that made Anne Hathaway a decent choice to play Judy was that she too has giant brown manhole cover eyes. Renee on the other hand is what you get if you told someone to draw the exact opposite of Judy Garland. I suppose Renee could pull off Judy with a little help from the makeup and hair department. All it’s going to take is a little brown hair dye, brown contact lenses, and for Renee to do whatever she was doing back in 2014 to make her eyes look less squinty. And if that doesn’t work, then they could just write in a scene at the beginning in which Renee’s Judy misplaced her glasses and struggles to focus on everything.