This two-hander is music to our ears, y’all: Smash vet Megan Hilty and Broadway phenom Jessie Mueller (Waitress, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) are set to channel country legends Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, respectively, in the forthcoming Lifetime original movie Patsy & Loretta, TVLine has learned. Nashville creator Callie Khouri is on board to direct, while uber producer Neil Meron — who worked with Hilty on Smash — is among the EPs. Mark Nicolson is a co-EP.
Patsy & Loretta is based on the untold true story of the friendship between the music icons. Here’s the project’s official logline:
When they first met, Patsy (Hilty) was already one of the biggest stars in country music while Loretta (Mueller) was just a coal miner’s daughter, starting off with little to her name but a $17 guitar. Instead of seeing Loretta as competition, Patsy took Loretta under her wings to help her make it in Nashville. Soon, they became close friends, touring together, bonding over their husband troubles and commiserating on being females in the male-dominated music business. Then in 1963, the country music community was struck with a tragedy when at just age 30, Patsy died in a plane crash. Despite the devastating loss of her friend, Loretta continued on in the industry and is today, known as the First Lady of Country Music. To this day, Loretta remains grateful to Patsy for her mentorship and above all, friendship, as the country music trailblazer that paved the way for Loretta.
The pic will film on location in Nashville; production is slated to get underway later this month ahead of a late 2019 debut.