Dolly Parton is set for a return to the silver screen. She’ll star alongside Queen Latifah in Joyful Noise, a musically driven feature about an unlikely partnership between two strong-minded women who are forced to work together to save a small town choir from budget cuts. Joyful Noise is expected to include musical contributions from Parton who is writing a few songs for the movie. Parton plays the widow of the late choir director. Latifah plays the person who is in charge of the choir follow the director’s death.
Parton has previously starred in Steel Magnolias, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and the Academy Award-nominated 9-5.
“I’m really happy to be doing a movie with Queen Latifah,” she says. “I really like her and have often thought we would be fun together. Even though we play rivals in the movie, I’m sure we’ll have our fun behind the scenes. I’m so happy to be doing a movie about music—especially happy because it’s Gospel music which I grew up singing and loving.”
Todd Graff (Camp, Bandslam, Used People) wrote the screenplay and will direct. Warner Bros.-based Alcon Entertainment (Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove) will finance and produce along with Farrell Paura Productions and O.N.C. Entertainment.