Joey Lauren Adams will join the cast as the female lead of CMT‘s forthcoming scripted comedy, Still The King starring Billy Ray Cyrus, which kicked off production in Nashville last week and is slated to premiere next year in 2016.
Adams is a Golden Globe nominated actress best known for her roles in Dazed and Confused, Chasing Amy, Mallrats and for writing and directing the critically-acclaimed Sundance film Come Early Morning, which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in Drama. Recently, she guest-starred in the season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy.
She’ll play the series’ female lead, Debbie Lynn Cook, a fiery and feisty single mother who lives with her unemployed younger boyfriend, Ronnie, and teenage daughter, Charlotte.
Her life is turned upside down when fallen country music one-hit-wonder Burnin’ Vernon Brown (Cyrus) unexpectedly crashes back into her life, 15 years after their one night stand produced Charlotte.
“Still The King is one of those special projects where just one week in, it already feels like family,” said Joey Lauren Adams. “It’s a pleasure to join such a kind and talented group of people whose strong vision and love for their characters makes bringing Debbie to life a true joy. The show is quick, funny and smart and will catch you off guard with genuine emotion. I’m having a great time – and often finding it difficult to keep a straight face.”
Still The King features Cyrus as Vernon Brown, AKA Burnin’ Vernon, a scandal-ridden washed up one-hit wonder who is kicked out of country music, only to emerge 20 years later as the second best Elvis impersonator in Laughlin, Nevada. After crashing into an old country church outside of Nashville during a drunken bender, he is sentenced to return and perform community service. Along the way, he pretends to be the congregation’s new minister and discovers he has a 15-year-old daughter he’s never met.
— Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) October 22, 2015
“When I created Still The King I knew getting a great cast was vital to our success,” says Billy Ray Cyrus. “From the moment the character of Debbie was conceived, we wanted Joey to bring her to life. She has an uncanny ability to infuse humor into highly charged emotional scenes, while also taking advantage of comedic moments to showcase the character’s strength and vulnerability. This complex relationship between Vernon, Debbie and their daughter Charlotte serves as the heart of the show.”
Additional casting will be announced at a later date.Stay tuned, folks!