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Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton Hired to Make 'Joyful Noise'

August 21, 2010, 6:52 am GMT

The two actresses are tapped to star in the gospel-choir feature film, which will be directed by 'Bandslam' helmer.



More than a decade after "Sister Act" which rose Whoopi Goldberg's name was released by Touchstone Pictures, another gospel-choir-themed movie is going to be brought forward by Warners-based Alcon Entertainment. The studio has announced on Friday, August 19 that they are pitching a movie titled "Joyful Noise" which will have Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton as the lead actresses.

Latifah, who recently appeared in "Just Wright", is tapped to portray a mother of two who is put in charge of the choir after the death of the choir director. Meanwhile, Parton, whose latest big screen appearance was "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous" where she landed a cameo role, will portray the choir's widow who hopes to take over her late husband's position in the upcoming musical-driven flick.

The film will center its story on an unlikely partnership between these two female characters who are forced to work together to save a small town gospel choir after budget cuts threaten to shut them down. Todd Graff, who previously worked on "Bandslam", is on board to serve as both helmer and scribe for "Joyful Noise".

Broderick Johnson, Andrew Kosove, Catherine Paura and Joe Farrell are producing the comedy, which is tentatively aimed for 2012 release. Beside Latifah and Parton, no actor has been announced as part of the film's cast members.

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