Didn’t think a movie about Judy Garland’s sunset years starring Renée Zellweger could get any gayer? Honey...
Decca and Republic Records announced on Wednesday that the soundtrack for upcoming biopic Judy will feature two very special — and very gay — duets. Zellweger will perform Garland’s iconic number “Get Happy” with Sam Smith and a special rendition of the saddest Christmas song ever, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” with Rufus Wainwright.
In Decca and Republic’s press release, Smith revealed that he’s been a Garland fan his entire life.
“When I was 17 years old I did a project on Judy Garland for my Film Studies A-Level,” the singer said “I was immediately immersed into the magic of Judy and her incredibly brave and triumphant story. She has remained as one of the icons of my life. She was one of the bravest humans out there and her vulnerability and honesty in her art still gives me goose bumps like it did the first time.
“It was truly an honour to sing with Renée,” Smith continued. “Nobody could have played Judy as well as Renée, and it is a career highlight for me to be singing with her, and in some small way, with Judy. I hope everyone loves the film as much as I did.”
Wainwright’s love for Garland is a bit more evident, as his live album Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall was nominated for a Grammy, and said that “Judy Garland has been a constant force” in his life.
“The Wizard of Oz was one of the pyramids of culture that I gazed at as a small child,” he said in the statement. “It’s nice to come back and observe her again in the film and through this wonderful duet with Renee, her performance is astounding in a film that focuses on the love and the generosity that Judy always had for the world around her. It reminds me of how unique her life and art were.”
The Judy soundtrack features covers of Garland’s most beloved songs, including “For Once in My Life,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” and “Over the Rainbow.” The soundtrack is out September 27, the same day the film is released in the U.S.