“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,” the 77-year old said in a statement.
“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!”
The New York Times reports the musical is based on Lynn’s 1976 autobiography and its 1980 film adaptation, starring Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, and the late Levon Helm. Spacek won an Academy Award for her role in the film.
In addition to being and “adorkable” character on television, Deschanel is a solo artist and performs in the band She & Him with musician M. Ward.
“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.”
Dates for the show are to be announced in the following months, according to the statement.