It’s Christmas in July!
The Hallmark Channel just announced that the legendary Dolly Parton has signed on to star alongside Danica McKellar in the upcoming holiday film, Christmas At Dollywood.
Entertainment Tonight confirmed the news and revealed that filming will take place in Tennessee beginning next month.
McKellar is best known for her role as Winnie Cooper in the television series The Wonder Years. She will play the role of Rachel Lewis, a single mom and award-winning Broadway producer. Rachel ends up leaving the Big Apple with her 9-year-old daughter to produce a Christmas show at Dollywood. She makes the big move after learning that her investors mismanaged her finances and ended up pushing her Broadway show into bankruptcy.
When she arrives in Tennessee, Rachel teams up with Luke, the Dollywood entertainment director, who is using the opportunity to produce the show to advance his career. While they butt heads and end up making compromises to please their boss, Rachel and Luke realize that love can be found in the most unexpected places.
“I grew up watching Dolly Parton on TV. I love her. She is everything. I got to meet her — she is charismatic and gorgeous and lovely, and she’s the best person ever,” McKellar told ET’s Katie Krause, adding that fans can also expect “a lot of really fun Dolly surprises.” “I’m so excited that I get to work with her.”
Along with a special appearance from Parton herself, McKellar’s mother, Mahaila, and son, Draco, will also appear in the movie.
Christmas At Dollywood will make its debut in December as part of the 10th anniversary of Countdown to Christmas on the Hallmark Channel.