The Oscar-winning actress stars as “Stand By Your Man” singer Tammy Wynette, alongside two-time Oscar nominee Shannon as Wynette’s musician husband George Jones. The musical biopic “George and Tammiepremieres on Paramount later this year.
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“It was fascinating to me that someone like Tammy Wynette, who sang all those songs like ‘Stand by Your Man,’ was also married five times,” Chastain said. vanity lounge. “I was excited about this woman who’s been married and divorced multiple times and wrestling in Nashville and really made a name for herself. She mapped several times before meeting George Jones.
Wynette and Jones married in 1969, each marking their third respective marriages. The duo later divorced but remained friends until Wynette’s death in 1998 at age 55.
“I think the bottom line is that they were both tough people,” Shannon said. “They overcame quite insurmountable situations to put themselves in the limelight.”
“George & Tammy” is created by Abe Sylvia and directed by John Hillcoat. Steve Zahn, Kelly McCormack, Katy Mixon and Walton Goggins also star in the six-episode series.
Chastain is producing the series and recruited longtime friend and former “Take Shelter” co-star Shannon to star opposite Jones. Shannon also fronts the rock band Caporal and has brought her musical training to the role.
“George Jones is, to my ear, one of the best singers I’ve ever heard in my life,” Shannon said. “It’s obviously a silly race to try to completely emulate that – that’s one of the reasons he’s legendary is that there will never be another like him.”
Shannon said: “I’m not a big fan of country music – I’m more of a jazz guy, really – but when she brought it to my attention, I was quite taken with it all. It’s a tragic story, but it’s also a very romantic story.
Chastain also worked with a Nashville-based vocal coach to sing as Wynette. The “Eyes of Tammy Faye” actress also “stop eatingto capture Wynette’s physique amid her painkiller addiction.
“George & Tammy” will premiere later in 2022 on Paramount.
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