The star of Fox's breakout hit sitcom The New Girl, the adorably geeky actress Zooey Deschanel, will have a new gig...starring as legendary country music singer Loretta Lynn on Broadway!
Zooey, the sister of Bones star and producer Emily Deschanel, announced on her Twitter feed yesterday: "Loretta Lynn asked me to do Coal Miner's Daughter on Broadway! I said YES!"
Lynn made the official announcement during a performance at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium yesterday, where she was joined on stage by Deschanel for a rendition of the singer's signature tune about growing up poor in the Appalachian mountains. The play will be based on Lynn's bestselling autobiography of the same name.
"It's a long way from Butcher Holler [Kentucky] to Broadway in New York City," says Lynn in a statement.
Deschanel has some big shoes to fill. Actress Sissy Spacek famously tackled the role of the country superstar and won the Academy Award for Best Actress in the big screen version of Coal Miner's Daughter in 1980.
The schedule for the upcoming Broadway show will not conflict with Deschanel’s current commitment to New Girl according to a news release. This will be Zooey's Broadway debut. In addition to having her own career as a solo singing artist, she performs with musician M. Ward in the band She & Him.