First look: Renee Zellweger in Judy

The first trailer for the new film about the life of Judy Garland has been released.

The film begins in the winter of 1968 as 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.  Even her dreams of romance seem undimmed as she embarks on a courtship with Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband.

And yet Judy is fragile.  After working for 45 of her 47 years, she is exhausted; haunted by memories of a childhood lost to Hollywood; and gripped by a desire to be back home with her kids. Featuring some of her best-known songs, the film celebrates the voice, the capacity for love and the sheer pizzazz of “the world’s greatest entertainer”.

Zellweger stars alongside Jessie Buckley, Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon and Finn Wittrock in the film which is directed by Rupert Goold.

It’s due to be released in the UK on 4th October.

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