Well yee-haw! Jennifer Aniston will be playing both kinds of music – country AND Western – with the news that she has signed on to star in Goree Girls, the story of an all-girl country group formed in a prison. It’s set to be directed by Michael Sucsy, making his feature film debut after the much-acclaimed TV movie Grey Gardens.

The film is based on a true story, which took place in Texas in the 1940s, wherein a group of eight female convicts formed one of the country’s first all-girl country bands. They gained popularity and the public trust, and were finally pardoned for their crimes. Huh. Who knew that singing could get you off the hook that way? Maybe if Charles Manson had a better voice, his story would be very different.

Sucsy will be redrafting the script, originally by Margaret Nagle and rewritten by John Lee Hancock. The film was originally due to happen at DreamWorks, before being put in turnaround, but now looks set to start production in January. Plenty of time to dig out your cowboy boots and check shirts between now and then.

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