Latifah, Parton Make “Joyful Noise”

Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah are teaming onscreen for the musical-driven “Joyful Noise” for Alcon Entertainment reports the trades.

The story centers around two women who join forces to prevent a small-town gospel choir from shutting down. Latifah will play the mother of two teens who is put in charge of the Pacashau Gospel Choir after the death of its choir director.

Parton will appear as the choir director’s widow who hopes to take over her late husband’s job. The film would mark Parton’s first appearance onscreen since 1992’s “Straight Talk”.

Todd Graff (“Camp,” “Bandslam”) is writing and directing while Broderick Johnson, Andrew Kosove, Catherine Paura and Joe Farrell will produce.