Is there any entertainer who more perfectly embodies the archetype of a gay icon™ than the one and only Judy Garland?
She originated and popularized what we now know as the gay national anthem, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” She gave us camp performance after camp performance while still capturing our hearts. She gave us Liza Minelli, who is also a gay icon™. The queer term of endearment “Good Judy” is an homage to her legacy. Some have even (albeit falsely) credited her death as a catalyst for the Stonewall Riots.
All that is to say, a biopic is long overdue, and mama, the forthcoming Judy starring Renée Zellweger in the title role is gonna *Erika Jayne voice* give the gays everything they want.
Following a teaser trailer this spring, LD Entertainment has released a full-length trailer capturing the spirit of Garland’s legacy as a performer. The story follows the winter of 1968, 30 years after The Wizard of Oz in what was perhaps not the prime of Garland’s career. She can’t get work, can’t get an agent, has spent all her money, and has two kids to support. In an act of desperation she books a five-week residency in London for what could be her last big break (where she also meets her fifth husband, Mickey Deans, played by American Horror Story heartthrob Finn Wittrock).
The trailer features an upbeat medley of some of Garland’s greatest hits, and errs on the comedic side with cheeky jabs at her longtime addiction to sleeping pills and also husbands. Ugh, and it finishes with a haunting rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow?” I’m dead, I’m dying, we are not ready.
The film also stars Game of Thrones’ Bella Ramsey as Garland’s daughter Lorna Luft, and Rufus Sewell as Garland’s ex-husband Sidney Luft. Watch the full trailer below.
Judy is in theaters September 27.