Zooey Deschanel will go from being a “New Girl” to a “Coal Miner’s Daughter” when she hits the Great White Way to portray country singer Loretta Lynn in the stage adaptation of her 1980 biopic.
When the news broke that the singer/actress had been hand-picked by Ms. Lynn to play her in the Broadway production of her book-turned-movie, the quirky actress seemed like the perfect choice, given her love for all things folksie. Plus, the role might help her move out of her comfort zone of playing big-eyed, innocent indie chicks. “Coal Miner’s Daughter” follows the story of Loretta’s childhood in rural Kentucky. While we all want to buy tickets to the show, Zooey told us while at the Fox Upfront earlier this week that it’ll be a while before she hits the stage, but she’s psyched nonetheless.
“It’s not gonna be for a very long time, but I’m excited, very excited,” she said. “What if I was most excited about the clothes? Not the clothes! I love Loretta Lynn, so I’m just really excited that I get to portray her.”
Zooey would be filling some big shoes. Not only is Loretta a legend, but the “Coal Miner’s Daughter” role was originated by another high-profile silver-screen dame: Sissy Spacek.
As for Zooey, well, she’s certainly an experienced singer. While she frequently belts out tunes as Jess on her hit Fox sitcom, she is also in the indie group, She & Him (along with M. Ward).
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