The film will be written and directed by Tony Award nominee Todd Graff and will be released by Alcon Entertainment. Latifah will play the mother of two teenagers who takes over the choir after the death of its director. Parton will appear as the choir director's widow, who wants his job.
Parton received a Tony nomination for her score for the musical 9 to 5, which was based on the 1980 film in which she starred. Other film credits include "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," "Steel Magnolias," "Rhinestone" and "Straight Talk." The Grammy Award-winning country-western singer's classic tunes include "I Will Always Love You," "Coat of Many Colors," "Jolene," and "Nine to Five," among many others.
Latifah received an Oscar nod for the film version of Chicago. The singer-rapper-actress' other screen credits include "Just Wright," the "Ice Age" films, "The Secret Life of Bees," "Hairspray," "Beauty Shop," "The Bone Collector," "Living Out Loud," "Set It Off" and the TV series "Living Single."
Graff received a Tony nomination for his performance in Baby. He has written and directed the movies "Camp," "Bandslam," and is set to work on an upcoming film remake of the musical Damn Yankees.