During a performance at the Grand Ole Opry on Thursday night, Kentucky country songstress Loretta Lynn brought out She & Him singer/New Girl actress Zooey Deschanel to make a surprising announcement—the manic pixie dream girl will portray the honky-tonk singer in a Broadway adaptation of Lynn's 1976 autobiography, Coal Miner's Daughter. Sissy Spacek won an Academy Award portraying Lynn in the 1980 film adaptation of that book, so Deschanel is stepping into some imposing shoes.
But the fact that Lynn is publicly supporting Deschanel must be big confidence boost for the iPhone enthusiast. "There's a little girl back stage that's going to do the play of Coal Miner's Daughter on Broadway," Lynn told the Nashville audience. "Zooey, where you at honey?" Deschanel then joined Lynn for a run-through of the play's titular 1969 hit, saying, "This is a great honor for me. This is my hero." Sadly, no footage of this is on YouTube yet.
The production companies behind Broadway's Coal Miner's Daughter are the same ones that delivered adaptations of Legally Blonde and The Color Purple to the Great White Way.
In related news, Jack White is so jealous right now.