Academy Award winner Chastain and nominee Shannon play Tammy Wynette and George Jones in the musical biopic series Paramount.
Jessica Chastain is partnered with Michael Shannon.
The Oscar winner plays “Stand By Your Man” singer Tammy Wynette, alongside two-time Oscar nominee Shannon as Wynette’s fellow musician, husband George Jones. The musical biopic George & Tammy will premiere on Paramount later this year.
“It was fascinating to me that someone like Tammy Wynette, who sang all these songs like ‘Stand By Your Man,’ was also married five times,” Chastain told Vanity Fair. “I was blown away by this multimarried and divorced woman who was struggling in Nashville and really made a name for herself. She chartered several times before meeting George Jones.”
Wynette and Jones married in 1969, each marking their third marriage. The duo later divorced but remained friends until Wynette’s death in 1998 at the age of 55.
“I think the bottom line is that they were both tough people,” Shannon said. “They overcame some pretty insurmountable situations to get into the spotlight.”
“George & Tammy” was created by Abe Sylvia and directed by John Hillcoat. Steve Zahn, Kelly McCormack, Katy Mixon and Walton Goggins also star in the six-part series.
Chastain is producing the series and recruited longtime friend and former “Take Shelter” co-star Shannon to star opposite as Jones. Shannon is also the frontman of the rock band Corporal and brought his musical background to the role.
“To me, George Jones is one of the best singers I’ve ever heard in my life,” said Shannon. “It’s obviously a silly attempt to fully emulate that – that’s one of the reasons he’s legendary, because there will never be another like him.”
Shannon said, “I’m not a huge country music fan – I’m more of a jazz guy actually – but when she brought it to my attention I was pretty much sucked into the whole thing. It’s a tragic story, but also a very romantic one.”
Chastain also worked with a Nashville-based vocal coach to sing like Wynette. The Eyes of Tammy Faye actress also “stopped eating” to hold Wynette’s body amid her painkiller addiction.
George & Tammy will premiere on Paramount later in 2022.
Check out the first look pictures below.
About a year ago we were at music rehearsals and learning some of the biggest hits by George Jones and Tammy Wynette. Nerves ran high, emotions ran high as we attempted to channel these two country legends. A year has passed and we can finally start sharing her story with you. pic.twitter.com/ecIscsetA2
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) October 7, 2022
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