The September 27 release of Judy, a biopic of late Hollywood icon Judy Garland focusing specifically on the latter end of her life and times, comes with much anticipation, both from its star, Renée Zellweger, and for the music that might be featured in the film.
As it turns out, the film’s soundtrack album will feature some musical performances from Zellweger, including duets with Sam Smith and Rufus Wainwright, it was revealed on Wednesday.
The album’s first single will be “Over the Rainbow,” which will be premiered on Friday, Sept. 30.
As for Zellweger’s duets with the two singer/songwriters, she and Smith teamed up for a “totally unique” version of Garland’s “Get Happy,” while Wainwright and Zellweger joined forces on “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.”
Said Smith of his collaboration with Zellweger for the film:
“When I was 17 years old I did a project on Judy Garland for my Film Studies A-Level. 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. 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.”
“Judy Garland has been a constant force in my life. ‘The Wizard of Oz’ was one of the pyramids of culture that I gazed at as a small child. 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.”
Judy, which was directed by Robert Goold and features Michael Gambon and Jesse Buckley among its central cast, will be released on September 27.