The queen of country music has announced that the upcoming film, Dumplin’, featuring her music, has been acquired by Netflix, and will debut on the streaming giant later this year.
That’s not the only Dumplin’ news the “Jolene” songstress is sharing with her legions of fans. The film’s soundtrack will feature six new songs co-written by Parton and Linda Perry, as well as newly recorded covers of classic Parton tunes featuring Miranda Lambert, Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, and Sia.
Parton’s collaboration with Sia will be released this Friday, September 14. Their new track, “Here I Am,” is not a new song, but a re-recording of one of the tracks from Parton’s classic album, Coat of Many Colors.
Dumplin’ is based on the 2015 YA novel of the same name, follows Willowdean, a plus-sized teen who is full of confidence and spirit, and enters a local beauty pageant to win over the boy she likes and to enrage her mother (Jennifer Aniston), who is a pageant queen, herself. When Willowdean enters the contest she inspires a group of teenage outcasts to find their inner strength and join the pageant too.
Dove Cameron and Maddie Baillio from NBC’s Hairspray Live, and RuPaul’s Drag Race star Ginger Minj will also be starring in the film, along with Georgie Flores and Danielle Macdonald.
In the book Willowdean says “the best moments of her life have started with a Dolly Parton song” and it’s no coincidence that the main character was named after one of Parton’s sisters, Willadeene Parton.
The Dumplin’ soundtrack will be released November 30.