Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland isn’t a terrible casting decision. It could work. Zellweger and Garland both have what you might call "unconventional movie star looks". Garland did, however, age terribly in her ‘40s. All that suffering does eventually take its toll and Garland truly suffered. A tortured soul if there ever was one in the industry.
Based on Garland’s tumultuous life, “Judy” is a biopic directed by Rupert Goold and focuses on the actress’ final years, during the late 1960s, as she arrives in London for sell-out concerts.
It’s too early to think Oscar with this movie, especially since these kind of projects can easily sink into TV movie quality, but the thematic resonance of depicting a Hollywood actress that was taken advantage of by almost every man she came across in the industry is incredibly topical. Also, a Renee Zellweger comeback is more-than-welcome, especially since the actress has all but gone MIA ever since for close to 14 years.
The film will be released in the US on September 27th, 2019.