Renee Zellweger duets with Sam Smith for new Judy Garland biopic

music news 02/09/2019

In just a few months, the biopic that follows the late Judy Garland's sad life in the spotlight will hit movie theatres.

Following the trailer, we are well aware that tissues will be must, but it sounds like we will be getting a brilliant soundtrack alongside the film.

Actress Renee Zellweger, known for her iconic role on Bridget Jones' Diary, is stepping up to play the role of Judy, and longtime Judy Garland fan Sam Smith will be featuring on the soundtrack.

Zellweger will duet with Sam Smith for a brand new version of one of Judy Garland’s favourite songs, ‘Get Happy’, and also with Rufus Wainwright for a new rendition of ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’.

Sam Smith said: “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.”

Rufus Wainwright, whose live album Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall received critical acclaim, added: “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.”