Well, ok, Dolly was in a couple episodes of Hannah Montana, and she’s done a couple of other TV shows, but it’s been a hell of a long time since she did an actual movie, or at least since she’s done anything on the level of Steel Magnolias. But that’s all about to change, because Dolly is set to star alongside Queen Latifah in a new movie called Joyful Noise. Yes and yes.
Here’s the synopsis:
“[Joyful Noise] centers on an unlikely partnership between two strong-minded women who are forced to work together to save a small town gospel choir after budget cuts threaten to shut them down. Latifah will play a no-nonsense mother put in charge of the choir after the untimely death of the choir director. Her character’s faced with the challenges of raising two teens while her husband is away in the military and getting the choir ready for a national competition if she hopes to keep the program afloat. Parton will play the widow of the choir director who had assumed she would take her late husband’s position of leading the choir.”
All right, I’m going to take a moment to explain my unreasonable excitement. I’m from Tennessee, and the way I see it, there are two kinds of people from Tennessee (well, there are a lot of kinds of people from Tennessee, but stay with me): Elvis people and Dolly Parton people. Being from the end of the state opposite from Graceland, I fall strongly in Dolly Parton’s camp. I can’t remember a holiday when I haven’t watched A Smoky Mountain Christmas, and I couldn’t even begin to count the number of trips I’ve made to Dollywood. Dolly just has this special, sincere quality about her, and there’s something about her that feels like home.
Production starts in January, so the movie is a while away, but I’m going to start getting psyched now. Is anyone with me?