Country icons Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn will be the focus of the upcoming Lifetime movie, Patsy & Loretta. The original film will shine a light on the superstars’ historic friendship and is in production this month.
Directed by Oscar-winner Callie Khouri – who also created the TV show Nashville – Patsy & Loretta will star Smash actress Megan Hilty as Cline and Broadway star Jessie Mueller as Lynn. Meanwhile, Six actor Kyle Schmid will play Cline’s second husband, Charlie Dick, and Rise’s Kyle Schmid will portray Lynn’s husband Doolittle “Mooney” Lynn.
As the story goes, Cline had already established herself in Nashville when she met a young Kentucky singer and songwriter named Loretta. But rather than treat Lynn as a potential rival, the future Hall of Fame members befriended each other, bonding over marriage troubles and their attempts to make it in a male-dominated industry. The pair would go on to tour together and Lynn counts Cline as a pivotal mentor in her career, but their friendship was cut short when Cline died tragically in a 1963 plane crash. She was just 30 years old.
Julie Fudge and Patsy Lynn Russell – Cline and Lynn’s daughters, respectively – are set to co-produce Patsy & Loretta, with Neil Meron and Mark Nicolson serving as co-executive producers. The movie is expected to air on Lifetime later in 2019.