Zooey Deschanel to Play Loretta Lynn on Broadway

Zooey Deschanel and Loretta Lynn announcing the 'Coal Miner's Daughter' musical (Getty Images)

In a triple-whammy of trends on Broadway over the past decade or so, Zooey Deschanel (celebrity stunt casting) is to star in Coal Miner’s Daughter (an adaptation of a movie), about the life and music of Loretta Lynn (jukebox musical). Somehow she will squeeze this in around her role on New Girl, which films on the West Coast–likely during that series’s hiatus next summer. Ms. Deschanel is a folk-adjacent singer with her band She & Him, though country will be a new genre (she sang with Ms. Lynn at the announcement of the musical at the Grand Ole Opry, so we can presume she has the icon’s endorsement). Give her a Tony now!