May 11, 2012 20:22

She and Him's Zooey Deschanel to play country icon Loretta Lynn on Broadway

The singer/actress will take the lead role in 'Coal Miner's Daughter' on the New York stage

She and Him's Zooey Deschanel to play country icon Loretta Lynn on Broadway

Photo: Press

She And Him singer and Hollywood actress Zooey Deschanel is to play country music legend Loretta Lynn on Broadway.

Deschanel will appear as the singer in a stage production of the 1980 film Coal Miner's Daughter, which originally saw Sissy Spacek take on the role of Lynn with the late Levon Helm of The Band playing her father.

Lynn announced the news last night (May 10) onstage at the iconic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, home of the original Grand Ole Opry. The two then sang a version of the film and musical's namesake song.

Of taking on the role of Lynn, Deschanel, via the Wall Street Journal, said: "She is a true legend and to be chosen to play such an iconic woman is a dream come true." Lynn added, "I'm going to be right there in the front row. And I know Zooey is going to be great – she sings and writes her own songs just like I do, and we even have the same colour eyes!"

It is not yet known when the New York production will open.

Loretta Lynn last released an album in 2004. 'Van Lear Rose' was produced by Jack White. She And Him released their third album, 'A Very She & Him Christmas', last year.

Read More On This Artist

More News
Interpol discuss rivalry with The Strokes
Cee Lo Green escapes jail on drugs charges after no contest plea
Arcade Fire and The Strokes members line-up for third annual charity basketball match
Radiohead's Thom Yorke plays suprise DJ set in Los Angeles - watch
Nicki Minaj reveals release date for 'The Pink Print'
Foo Fighters share clip of new music from 'Sonic Highways' - listen
Karen O: 'The girl group sound shaped my melodic sensibility'
ZZ Top cancel tour due to bass player's tourbus accident
Zola Jesus takes to the forest in 'Dangerous Days' video - watch
Skrillex, Diplo and Kiesza share live version of 'Take U There' - listen
Suede to release 20th anniversary 'Dog Man Star' boxset
Young Jeezy pleads not guilty to possessing illegal assault weapon
The Black Keys' Patrick Carney records theme tune to animated horse comedy starring Aaron Paul
The Weeknd reveals slow-mo video for 'King Of The Fall' – watch
Circa Waves announce new single 'So Long' – listen
Woman killed in bus crash at Burning Man festival
Aphex Twin announces international listening parties for new album 'Syro'
Miley Cyrus' homeless VMA guest hands himself in to police
Flying Lotus contemplating Kasabian's offer for collaboration: 'I've never heard...
Bristol Fleece management deny claims they're encouraging a boycott of Fat White Family
James Murphy to turn data from US Open tennis tournament into 400 hours of new music
David Lynch reveals he turned down directing video for Kanye West due to lack of ideas

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today