Dolly Parton Lands Film Role in Gospel-Themed Joyful Noise With Queen Latifah

Dolly Parton will co-star in an upcoming feature film, Joyful Noise, with Queen Latifah. In the film, Parton and Latifah will try to save a small-town gospel choir threatened by budget cuts. Latifah will portray the mother of two teenagers who is put in charge of the choir after its director’s death. Parton will play the director’s widow, who also hopes to lead the choir. In addition, Parton is composing a few songs for the movie, which will be written and directed by Todd Graff for Alcon Entertainment. No production or release dates have been announced. Parton’s acting credits include Straight Talk, Steel Magnolias, 9 to 5 and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. “I’m so happy to be doing a movie about music — especially happy because it’s gospel music which I grew up singing and loving,” she said.