Judy marks a musical comeback of sorts for Zellweger, who received an Academy Award nomination for her leading role as Roxie Hart in 2002 film adaptation of the Broadway musical Chicago. Set in London in 1968, nearly 30 years after The Wizard of Oz made her an international movie star, the biopic follows Garland as she prepares for her sold-out show, The Talk of the Town (featuring classics like “Over the Rainbow” and “The Trolley Song”). Meanwhile, she settles into her romance with entrepreneur and musician Mickey Deans (whom she marries months later). Behind the scenes, Garland fights with management, feeling overworked after a lifetime spent in show business. Latest On: Watch the New Full-Length Black Panther Trailer Marvel Studios Just Dropped
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Renée Zellweger will play Judy Garland in Judy, based on the actress’ final concerts in London. Pathé will distribute Judy in France, Switzerland and the U.K. Pathé and Calamity Films are backing the project, based on a script by Tom Edge (The Crown). Missing her children, she even contemplates walking away from the stage. and will also handle global sales. Don’t miss E! at 12 p.m. BAFTA winner David Livingstone will produce Judy for Calamity Films. Her latest drama, Same Kind of Different as Me, debuted Oct. Type Inside The Box 20, earning $2.6 million. Latest On: Hilary Duff’s Two-Tone Denim Jeans Are Perfect for Lazy Weekends
According to producers, the film will feature some of Garland’s most popular songs. News every weekday at 7 and 11 p.m. Rupert Goold (King Charles III) will direct the movie, and production will start in February 2018. Latest On: Spice Shamelessly Takes A Female Man and Then Curse Her Out About It
Garland—who died of a barbiturate overdose in 1969—has been the subject of several made-for-TV movies over the years; Andrea McArdle played her in NBC’s Rainbow (1978), Tammy Blanchard and Judy Davis played her in ABC’s Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001), and Sigrid Thornton played her in Seven’s Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door (2015).