Dolly Parton has been working on original music for an upcoming motion picture titled Dumplin’.
Today (Sept. 12) it was announced a newly recorded collaboration of Parton’s 1971 track “Here I Am” will release for download and streaming after midnight ET with pop star Sia, which is off of the officially titled Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
Additionally, Parton contributed six new compositions for the soundtrack, co-written and produced with Grammy nominee Linda Perry along with newly-recorded collaborations of some of Parton’s most popular songs. A partial list of official guests on the project includes Miranda Lambert, Mavis Staples, Elle King, Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent and the film stars Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston. Miley Cyrus was revealed to also appear on the soundtrack during the Music Biz 2018 conference. Produced by Perry and Executive Produced by Parton, the soundtrack is set to release worldwide on Nov. 30 on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville (Sony Music).
It was also announced today that Netflix has acquired the film Dumplin’, directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal, 27 Dresses), based on Julie Murphy‘s bestselling novel about a plus-size, teenage daughter (Macdonald) of a former beauty queen (Aniston), who signs up for her mom’s pageant as a protest.
The film will be released later this year on Netflix in the U.S. and select international territories, and in select theaters in the U.S. Executive producers are Aniston and Parton’s manager Danny Nozell.
Parton is no stranger to motion picture work, not only starring herself in many films, her co-founded Sandollar Productions produced such films as Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride II. It was announced in June that Netflix is set to carry a series of television films in 2019 based on a different Parton classic songs, with Parton’s Dixie Pixie Productions and Warner Bros. Television. This follows Parton’s successful NBC Christmas specials that aired in 2015-16.
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