According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nettles has been selected to play Avie Lee Parton, mother of the country icon. Nettles will join 8-year-old Alyvia Lind, who plays the younger version of Parton, along with Gerald McRaney and Ricky Schroder, who’ve been cast as Parton’s grandfather and father, respectively, for the upcoming film.
Although she’s best known for her musical talents, Nettles isn’t a newcomer to the acting world. She recently took the role of the lead character Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago on Broadway earlier in 2015.
Coat of Many Colors is based on the true story of Parton’s impoverished childhood as she grew up alongside 11 siblings in her tiny east Tennessee home. Named after Parton’s 1971 hit song, the film will tell the story of the country legend’s real-life “coat of many colors”, which was hand-stitched together by her mother from rags and fabric that had been donated to their family.
Parton will act as executive producer for the film, which will will be broadcast on NBC. An air date for the TV movie has not yet been announced.