Dolly Parton’s TV Christmas special is already getting a lot of buzz. NBC has just announced that Jimmy Fallon, Willie Nelson, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jimmie Allen, Zach Williams, and Miley Cyrus have all been cast as guest stars in “Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas.”
Dolly will play the lead role in the film, also starring Tom Everett Scott, Ana Gasteyer, and Angel Parker. Additional cast members will be announced at a later date.
The movie is a modern-day musical about the making of a network TV special, Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas, and the backstage story and on-camera results of Dolly’s desire to uplift an exhausted world’s spirits by sharing the unique “mountain magic” she has always found in and around Dollywood at Christmas. Throughout the movie’s production numbers and rehearsal chaos, Dolly finds herself taking a personal journey into her past, guided by the mysterious appearances of her personal Three Wise Mountain Men. When it’s time for her big special to air, a renewed and inspired Dolly goes rogue and shows the world that the real magic of Christmas lies in the hearts of the children we all once were, the realization that Christmas is about the people we share it with, and how her faith remains the common thread between Christmases past, present, and future.
Parton was recently spotted by shocked fans at Dollywood when she was riding around in a golf cart with fellow country icon Willie Nelson working on the movie. One park guest posted a video on TikTok of Parton and Nelson leaving the Dollywood theater where Dolly’s dressing room is located.
Doly also announced that she would be releasing a deluxe version of her 2020 A Holly, Dolly Christmas album. One of the new songs on the project is “Smoky Mountain Christmas,” a song featured in her 1986 TV movie “Smoky Mountain Christmas.”