Julia will use chef interviews, never-before-seen footage, and Child's own words to illuminate her life and impact.
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While not the first cook to teach culinary skills on TV, Julia Child is widely credited with having mastered the medium. In a world before entire networks and YouTube channels dedicated to food, Child took on the mantle of explaining, demonstrating, and exploring European cooking techniques beginning with 1961 book Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her 1963 television series, The French Chef. But above all else, her personality was the key ingredient to her success and four-decade career.

Julia Child holding a cake
Credit: ABC Photo Archives / Getty Images

Thus, the woman who fascinated us with her ability to dislocate a chicken thigh or thwack a knife clean through a lobster shell has also fascinated us a person, with a life that's been examined in numerous biographical books, a famous Meryl Streep performance, and a forthcoming HBO Max series. Now, Child will once again be in the spotlight as a new documentary aims to memorialize her legacy and impact on the food and media industries.

Poster for Julia documentary
Credit: Sony Pictures Classics

Announced last year, and simply titled Julia, the film from Sony Pictures Classics and CNN Films combines original footage, Child's own words, and interviews with modern chefs and personalities which, according to the production company, includes José Andrés, Paul Bogaards, André Cointreau, Phila Cousins, Susy Davidson, Danièle Delpeuch, Barbara Fairchild, Jane Friedman, Ina Garten, Charlie Gibson, Stephanie Hersh, Marian Morash, Russell Morash, Sara Moulton, Jacques Pépin, Alex Pirie, Pat Pratt, Alex Prud'homme, Ruth Reichl, Cecile Richards, Jean-François Thibault, Marcus Samuelsson, François Simon, Anne Willan, and Dorothy Zinberg.

Take a look at the first trailer below:

The documentary is co-directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West, whose names might be familiar as the same team behind the 2018 Academy Award-nominated Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary RBG.

Here's a full description of the film provided by Sony Pictures Classics:

"Julia tells the story of the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans think about food, television, and even about women. Using never-before-seen archival footage, personal photos, first-person narratives, and cutting-edge, mouth-watering food cinematography, the film traces Julia Child's surprising path, from her struggles to create and publish the revolutionary Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961) which has sold more than 2.5 million copies to date, to her empowering story of a woman who found fame in her 50s, and her calling as an unlikely television sensation."

Julia is set for a theatrical release sometime in 2021.