There’s a New Movie About Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn Coming to Lifetime
When can we tune in?
Keep your eyes peeled, because there’s a new movie about two country music icons coming to Lifetime. The movie is Patsy & Loretta, and a story exploring the friendship between musicians Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn.
Casting for the movie has been announced, and two Broadway stars are set to headline. Megan Hilty, who was previously seen on Broadway in Wicked and 9 to 5: The Musical and on television in NBC’s series Smash, will play Patsy Cline. Jessie Mueller—who won a Tony Award in 2014 for her portrayal of Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and has also been seen on stage in recent productions of the musicals Carousel, Waitress, and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever—has been cast as Loretta Lynn.
According to TVLine, the film will be executive produced by Neil Meron and Mark Nicolson, with Callie Khouri, the creator of the television series Nashville and the Academy Award-winning writer of Thelma & Louise, set to direct.
TVLine shares the film’s synopsis, which begins, “When they first met, Patsy (Hilty) was already one of the biggest stars in country music while Loretta (Mueller) was just a coal miner’s daughter, starting off with little to her name but a $17 guitar. Instead of seeing Loretta as competition, Patsy took Loretta under her wings to help her make it in Nashville.”
Patsy Cline was born in Winchester, Virginia, in 1932 and gained immense popularity as one of the foremost country music singers of the 1950s and 1960s. Her most popular songs include renditions of “Walkin' After Midnight,” “I Fall to Pieces,” and “Crazy.” She passed away in a plane crash in 1963 at the age of 30.
Loretta Lynn was born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, in 1932, and has had a career in country music that’s stretched over nearly six decades. She’s known for the songs “You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man),” “Don't Come Home A' Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind),” and “Coal Miner's Daughter,” the latter of which lent its name to the 1980 Sissy Spacek-starring film about the singer.
Production on Patsy & Loretta will begin soon, with some of the filming reportedly set to take place in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Are you already planning to tune in to Patsy & Loretta when it’s released? Which of your favorite country music icons should get the movie treatment next?