Zooey Deschanel has signed on to portray Loretta Lynn in a stage adaptation of the 1980 film Coal Miner’s Daughter. Lynn announced the casting and musical during a performance at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Thursday, where she was joined onstage by Deschanel. “It’s a long way from Butcher Holler to Broadway in New York City. I never imagined I’d see Coal Miner’s Daughter on a movie screen, and now I can’t believe it’s going to be on a stage for people to see,” Lynn said in a statement. “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!” Coal Miner’s Daughter tells the story of the country singer’s rise from poverty to country music legend. Sissy Spacek won the Oscar for her portrayal of Lynn, and Tommy Lee Jones was nominated for a Golden Globe for playing her husband, Doolittle Lynn.
“Loretta Lynn and her music have been inspirations for me for as long as I can remember,” said Deschanel.