Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton will soon show their unity (spelled u.n.i.t.y.) workin' 9-to-5 as gospel singers with young star Keke Palmer in the movie "Joyful Noise." What a way to make a livin'!
According to Variety, "the film follows two women who join forces to prevent a small-town gospel choir from shutting down. Palmer will play a conservative teen who comes of age during the film."
What rite of passage Palmer will face is cloudy, but it should involve her belting out a serious hand-clapping, pew-shaking spiritual and maybe a flirtatious-but-family-friendly romance with a handsome young choir boy.
Palmer first gained notice at age 11 as the title character in "Akeelah and the Bee" (she was 'Akeelah,' not the 'Bee'), and now headlines her own kids sitcom "True Jackson, VP" on Nickelodeon. Before the project went into hiatus, she was tabbed to star in Marvel's "Runaways."
"Noise" will be directed by Todd Graff, who before he started directing was best known as the conspiracy nut with the pet rat in "The Abyss."
Graff's film will join a handful of mainstream gospel movies which include "The Preachers Wife," two "Sister Act" films, Coen Brothers entries "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" & "The Ladykillers," even James Brown in "The Blues Brothers." One gospel story stands above all others, though… "Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie."