9:49am PT by Lesley Goldberg
NBC Casts Its Young Dolly Parton
NBC has cast its young Dolly Parton.
The network announced Monday that it has tapped 7-year-old Alyvia Alyn Lind to portray the young country icon in its upcoming TV movie Coat of Many Colors.
Coat of Many Colors is based on Parton’s upbringing. The movie takes viewers inside the tight-knit Parton family as they struggle to overcome devastating tragedy and discover the healing power of love, faith and a raggedy patchwork coat that helped make the singer-actress who she is today. The telepic is not a biopic or musical and isn't about her life and performing career. Instead, it's a family-oriented faith-based story about the incidents in Parton and her family's life around the time she was 9 years old. The movie is set in the Tennessee Great Smokey Mountains in 1955.
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.
Lind, who turns eight on July 27, was surprised by Parton during her call-back audition and told she got the part. The youngster most recently had a role in Lifetime's Will Ferrell movie A Deadly Adoption and her credits include playing Jenny in Masters of Sex and Grace in Amazon's Transparent.