A television movie about Dolly Parton’s early life, “Coat of Many Colors,” will film in Atlanta, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
The NBC project will star Alyvia Alyn Lind, who appeared in the locally shot Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore comedy “Blended,” as young Dolly Parton. An adorable video clip of Parton telling Alyvia she’d nabbed the part is posted on dollyparton.com.
“When you were doing your little audition, I thought, ‘Oh my goodness, I wish I had been that pretty when I was little. I wish I had been that smart,’” Parton told the young actress. “I really felt you and I thought, ‘Well, I would be so honored to have you play little Dolly.’ You’re going to be great!”
Alyvia was nearly speechless at first, then said, “This is so cool!”
“See, I didn’t even know that word when I was your age, but we’re cool now, ain’t we?” Parton quipped.
The hit song from 1971 tells the story of how Parton’s mother stitched her a coat from rags because the family was too poor for store-bought finery. Although Parton treasured the coat, inspired by the biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors, her song laments that other kids would laugh and make fun of her homemade garment.
“My life and this little story ‘Coat of Many Colors’ is very personal to me,” said Parton, who grew up in a family of 12 children. “I’m from a big ole family and we all loved one another.”
Here’s a retro video of her performing the song:
The movie will need some young extras for roles as Parton siblings or classmates. A recently posted casting call seeks Caucasian girls ages 8 to 14 with 1950s-style, chin-length bobs with bangs. The project will film Aug. 25 and 26 and Sept. 1, 5 and 8. You can submit your child’s information and headshots to CoatOfManyColorsATL@gmail.com with “School Child/50’s Bob” in the subject line. Be sure to include their ages.
Parton will serve as a producer for the film, due out in December.
Over the years, Parton has spent a good bit of time in Atlanta, where she’s enjoyed visiting her friend and “9 to 5” co-star, former Atlanta resident Jane Fonda. Parton was here for several months filming the 2012 gospel comedy “Joyful Noise,” with Queen Latifah, and was back last year to promote her theme park. “I’ve always loved Atlanta,” she said.