11:36am PT by Kate Stanhope
NBC Casts Country Singer Jennifer Nettles as Dolly Parton's Mom in 'A Coat of Many Colors'
Dolly Parton's upcoming NBC TV movie is getting a second dose of country super stardom.
Sugarland lead singer Jennifer Nettles is among the actors joining A Coat of Many Colors, NBC announced Tuesday.
Longmire's Gerald McRaney and Silver Spoons alum Ricky Schroder have also signed on the project.
Based on her inspiring life story, Dolly Parton's A Coat of Many Colors examines the tight-knit Parton clan as they struggle to overcome devastating tragedy and discover the healing power of love, faith and a raggedy patchwork coat that helped shape Parton into who she is today.
Set in 1955 in the Tennessee Great Smokey Mountains, the movie is described as a faith-based look at the incidents in her and her family's life around the time she was 9-years-old.
The three will play various members of Parton's family. Nettles will portray Parton's mother, Avie Lee; Schroder will play Parton's dad, Lee and McRaney will play Grandpa Jake Owens. They join Alyvia Alyn Lind (A Deadly Adoption), who was cast in July to play the beloved country singer herself.
Nettles recently made her Broadway debut in Chicago. McRaney's recent credits include House of Cards, Southland, Deadwood and Longmire. In addition to his beloved role on Silver Spoons, Schroder is known for his turns on 24 and NYPD Blue.
Pamela K. Long will pen the script and exec produce alongside Sam Haskell and Parton. The movie hails from Magnolia Hill Entertainment and DP Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.