Steve Zahn Cast To Play Tammy Wynette’s Husband and Manager George Richey in ‘George & Tammy’

by Samantha Whidden
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Steven Zahn, who is known for his roles in War for the Planet of the Apes, Sahara, and Modern Family, is reportedly set to star as Tammy Wynette’s husband and manager, George Richey, in the upcoming six-episode miniseries George & Tammy.

George & Tammy is an inside look at the romance between country singers Tammy Wynette and George Jones. The couple was married from February 16, 1969, to March 21, 1975. Following their split, Wynette married Michael Tomlin, but they only lasted for 44 days. She and Richey were married on July 6, 1978, and stayed together until her death on April 6, 1998.

According to Deadline, production for the miniseries began on Wednesday (December 8th) in North Carolina. The series will premiere exclusively on Spectrum and will be available on Paramount+ and the Paramount Network after. Starring alongside Zahn in George & Tammy is Jessica Chastain, who is set to play Wynette; and Michael Shannon will star as Jones. 

John Hillcoat will direct the series. Abe Sylvia, who is known for his work on Dead to Me, is the miniseries’ creator and executive producer; along with American Sniper’s Andrew Lazar, Josh Brolin, and Chastain. Other executive producers are David C. Glasser, David Hutkin, Ron Burkle, and Bob Yari through 101 Studios (Yellowstone) as well as with writer and executive producer Bryan Goluboff, and Chastain and Freckle Films partner Kelly Carmichael.

Jessica Chastain Opens Up About Starring in ‘George & Tammy’ 

While speaking to Deadline, Jessica Chastain shared her thoughts about starring in George & Tammy. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be united with John Hillcoat and Michael Shannon,” she stated. “Having worked with them both previously.”

The miniseries star also shared that Hillcoat brings his artistry and leadership to all of his projects. She then spoke about Shannon’s work. “Michale’s brilliant performances make everyone raise their game.”

She went on to discuss working with Zahn. “I’m excited Steve Zahn will be joining the project. I’ve loved him ever since Happy, Texas. And [I] really admitted his recent work in The White Lotus. I’m so grateful to have such talent for our exploration of George Jones and Tammy Wynette.”

Tammy Wynette Previously Stated She’d Never Get George Jones Out of Her Life 

According to Country Rebel, Tammy Wynette spoke about George Jones after their marriage came to an end. She admitted she’d never get him out of her life. “He will always be part of my life. A very special part of my life.”

In one of the Tennessean archives, Wynette declared that Jones is one of those people who could not tolerate happiness. “If everything is right, there is something in him that makes him destroy it. And destroy me with it.”

It was then revealed that when the couple was granted the divorce, Jones stated he let Wynette have everything. He didn’t fight her on anything. He also told People that he felt “ached” following the divorce.