Netflix has acquired Dumplin, a film about a plus-size teenage daughter of a former beauty queen who adores Dolly Parton and her music.
Adapted from the book by Julie Murphy, the film features collaborations and original music from Parton. The book references Parton throughout, including the opening lines that state that the best moments in the protagonist’s life have started with a Parton song. The main character is named Willowdean, a reference to Parton’s real-life sister, Willadeene.
Parton, who will be honored as MusiCares’ 2019 Person of the Year, contributed newly recorded collaborations of some of her most popular songs, in addition to six new original compositions co-written by Parton and Grammy nominee Linda Perry. The soundtrack will come out Nov. 30 on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville and features Parton performing with Sia, Miranda Lambert, Mavis Staples, Elle King, Alison Krauss and Rhonda Vincent, among others. In addition to producing the album, Perry also wrote and produced the score.
“Here I Am,” the debut track from the soundtrack performed by Parton and Sia, will be available for download and streaming at midnight ET. Parton penned and recorded the song originally for 1971’s Coat of Many Colors album.
During a panel at May’s Music Biz Conference, Perry praised Parton’s legendary work ethic, saying the iconic country artist cut up to six songs in one day when they worked together.
Dumplin stars Jennifer Aniston and Danielle Macdonald, both of whom appear with Parton on the soundtrack, as well as Dove Cameron, Odeya Rush and Harold Perrineau.
Netflix will air the film later this year in the U.S. and select international territories, while the film will also be released in select theaters in the U.S.