Dolly Parton reveals Queen Latifah movie release date

The country singer also talks about bringing 'sunshine' with her upcoming album

Dolly Parton has revealed that the gospel themed movie that she stars in with fellow musician/actress Queen Latifah, Joyful Noise, will hit cinema screens at the start of next year.

The film will see Parton play the widow of a gospel choir leader, who works with Latifah’s character, a mother of teenage children who takes over leadership of the choir when the choirmaster dies.

“I just did a movie with Queen Latifah, Joyful Noise, that comes out January 12,” Parton told Billboard. “So if that movie does good, maybe I’ll do more.”

Parton also spoke about her “uplifting” forthcoming studio album, ‘Better Day’, which is her 41st.

“Every project calls for something different, and on this [one] I wanted a lot of colours. I wanted to do something uplifting so even in the losing songs, I’m saying you’re going to pick up the pieces,” explained the country music legend.

“We actually did demo a lot of songs for this . . . and it seemed that with everything being so doomsday terrorists and bad weather and unemployment, we need a little sunshine. I know I can sing a good sad song, but people hate to hear me sing them. I wanted to do something people would want to hear.”

Dolly Parton will release ‘Better Day’ on August 29, just after she kicks off a UK arena tour.