FOX's Favorite 'New Girl' Taking Broadway, Playing Loretta Lynn
Country music icon Loretta Lynn had a very special guest at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium Thursday night. Someone watching her very, very closely.
Someone getting set to bring the living legend to life on New York's Great White Way.
"I have a friend here tonight. I don't know if y'all remember when Sissy Spacek was with me. I brought her out here with me. She about fainted. We both fainted," The Huffington Post reports Lynn interrupted her Opry Country Classics set to say. "She went on to do the 'Coal Miner's Daughter' [1980 film] and you know from there. Well, there's a little girl backstage that's going to do the play of 'Coal Miner's Daughter' on Broadway. Zooey, where you at honey?"
Yep, that "Zooey."
That's how the Country Music Hall of Famer made it official that Zooey Deschanel, the Golden Globe-nominated star of FOX's breakout freshman comedy "New Girl" with the saucer-sized eyes, would be the next to tell her story in song. It did indeed mirror how Lynn, in 1979, introduced Spacek as the one who would portray her on the big screen alongside Tommy Lee Jones in a performance that earned Spacek both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Actress.
"Are you going to help me sing 'Coal Miner's Daughter'?" Lynn asked the doe-eyed lass.
"I'm going to help you sing," answered Deschanel, decked out in a vintage white dress that could've been plucked right from Lynn's own closet, holding Lynn's hand and beaming. "This is a great honor for me. This is my hero."
Casting Deschanel appears to be about as far as plans have gotten, HuffPo reported. No official workshop dates have been announced, nor a creative team set - one would assume Lynn would have the final say over anything. Producers Scott Sanders Productions and Fox Theatricals have previously produced productions of "Legally Blonde", "The Color Purple", "Red" and "Thoroughly Modern Millie". As for Deschanel herself, in addition to her acting resume, she's also a past Grammy Nominee. Her song "So Long", written for the "Winnie The Pooh" soundtrack, was a Best Song Written For Visual Media nominee.