Following the news that Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon will be starring in the George and Tammy, it was reported that the actors would actually be singing in the upcoming miniseries.
As previously reported, George and Tammy is described as an “inside look” at the romance between Tammy Wynette and George Jones. The famous country singers were married from February 1969 to March 1975. John Hillcoat is set to direct the series. Steven Zahn will play the role of Wynette’s eventual husband and manager, George Richey. Wynette and Richey notably married in 1978 and stayed together until Wynette’s death in 1998.
According to Deadline, Shannon is set to do his own singing to capture the vocals of George Jones. Meanwhile, Chastain will do the same for her character Tammy Wynette. The miniseries will reportedly premiere exclusively on Spectrum, followed by a second window on Paramount+ and the Paramount Network. It will premiere sometime in 2022.
Chastain recently spoke about working alongside Shannon and Hillcoat in the new series. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be united with John Hillcoat and Michael Shannon. Having worked with them both previously.”
She then spoke about working with Zahn. “I’m excited Steve Zahn will be joining the project. I’ve loved him ever since Happy, Texas. And [I] really admired his recent work in The White Lotus. I’m so grateful to have such talent for our exploration of George Jones and Tammy Wynette.”
Along with Chastain, Zahn, and Shannon, Clayton Frank has been cast for the series. Abe Sylvia is the miniseries’ creator and executive producer, along with American Sniper’s Andrew Lazar, Josh Brolin, and Chastain.
The George Jones Museum Officially Closes in Nashville
On Monday (December 13th), the George Jones Restaurant, Museum, and Rooftop all officially closed in Nashville. All three were dedicated to honoring the country singer.
In a Facebook post, it was revealed that during that company behind the restaurant, museum, and rooftop has struggled due to the ongoing global pandemic. “From the pandemic all the way through to the 2nd Ave bombing one year ago. We have fought for what is right for our loyal staff and local partners.”
The owners also declared that between the workforce shortages and difficulty with the consistency of products, it is challenging day-to-day in order to make a business viable. “For these reasons, it is with a heavy heart that we announce we are closing The George Jones Entertainment Venue after a beautiful run.”
It was noted that the George Jones Museum and all of its contents are being handled with care, and there will be more to come on where the exhibit will go next. “We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to all of the fans, guests, staff, local partners, and friends that have come through our doors over the last few years. We feel so fortunate to have shared terrific memories, food, drink, and music.”