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Zooey Deschanel to Play Loretta Lynn in 'Coal Miner's Daughter'

'New Girl' star lands lead role in Broadway adaptation

May 11, 2012 11:40 AM ET
Zooey Deschanel attends the 2012 Writers Guild Awards
Zooey Deschanel attends the 2012 Writers Guild Awards.
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Loretta Lynn has chosen Zooey Deschanel for the lead role in a Broadway adaptation of Coal Miner's Daughter, reports Playbill. Lynn announced Deschanel's casting at a May 10th live show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, bringing the New Girl star out on stage to perform with her.

"It’s a long way from Butcher Holler to Broadway in New York City. I never imagined I’d see Coal Miner’s Daughter on a movie screen, and now I can’t believe it’s going to be on a stage for people to see," said Lynn. "I’m going to be right there in the front row. And I know Zooey is going to be great – she sings and writes her own songs just like I do, and we even have the same color eyes!"

"Loretta Lynn and her music have been inspirations for me for as long as I can remember," said Deschanel. "She is a true legend, and to be chosen to play such an iconic woman is a dream come true."

Coal Miner's Daughter, an autobiographical tale of Lynn's rise in music, will be adapted by producers Kristin Caskey and Mike Isaacson of Fox Theatricals and Scott Sanders Productions. Dates for the production are expected in the coming months. In 1979, Lynn similarly announced Sissy Spacek's lead casting for the 1980 film adaptation of Coal Miner's Daughter, which scored Spacek an Academy Award for Best Actress.

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