Casting for Coat of Many Colors, a made-for-TV movie about Dolly Parton’s upbringing in East Tennessee, is in full swing, with seven-year-old actress Alyvia Lind landing the role of the school-aged country singer.
A recurring character on The Young and the Restless, Lind was making a scheduled appearance on this morning’s episode of NBC’s Today Show when she was surprised by Parton, who’d shown up to offer her the role. (Watch the video below.) The two met during Lind’s audition for the upcoming movie, which will be the first in a string of TV movies based on Parton’s life and career. Parton, who partnered with NBC for the project, will serve as the executive producer.
“What we’re really here to do is to announce that you have been chosen to play little Dolly in the movie,” Parton told Lind, who promptly covered her mouth to hide a wide smile.
An air date has yet to be set for Coat of Many Colors, the name of which is lifted from Parton’s autobiographical song about growing up in the Great Smoky Mountains and receiving a hand-sewn, patchwork jacket from her mother. While the real-life Parton may or may not appear in the movie, she’ll maintain an active role throughout the family-friendly series, which includes some of the production team that brought 9 to 5: The Musical to Broadway.
Parton recently sold out two nights at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The stripped-down performances are set for July 31st and August 1st.