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NBC’s ‘Coat of Many Colors’ Casts Its Young Dolly Parton

Hello, Dolly!

Alyvia Lind has been cast as a young Dolly Parton in “Coat of Many Colors,” NBC’s upcoming TV movie about the country legend’s humble beginnings and rise to success. The young actress was told she landed the part by Parton herself — and naturally, NBC cameras were on hand to capture the moment.

Lind, who turns 8 on July 27, has had a busy summer. She was most recently seen as Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig’s daughter in “A Deadly Adoption,” the Lifetime movie parody that aired on Lifetime. Her credits also include Showtime’s “Masters of Sex” and Amazon’s “Transparent.”

Coat of Many Colors” is set in 1955 in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains. Although it is said to be about Parton’s upbringing and to offer a look inside the “tight-knit Parton family as they struggle to overcome devastating tragedy and discover the healing power of love,” NBC insists that the project is neither a “biopic, musical nor about Dolly’s whole life and performing career.” Instead, the Peacock calls it “a family-oriented faith-based story about the incidents in her and her family’s life around the time she was 9 years old.”

Parton is exec producing the project with Sam Haskell and Pamela K. Long. Long (“Mississippi Rising,” “Guiding Light”) also penned the script. It is produced by Magnolia Hill Entertainment and DP Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. A premiere date has yet to be announced.

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