Six new Dolly Parton songs are on the soundtrack to the Netflix comedy film "Dumplin'," which also features several remakes of her classic songs with new collaborations from artists such as Sia, Miranda Lambert and "Dumplin'' co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Danielle Macdonald. The Dumplin' soundtrack is set for release Nov. 30 on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville, according to a Netflix announcement. The album's tracklist hasn't been announced yet, but the album's first single is Parton's remake of her 1971 song "Here I Am" with Sia, which is due out on Sept. 14.
Other artists who have collaborated with Parton in remaking her songs for the Dumplin' soundtrack include Mavis Staples, Elle King, Alison Krauss and Rhonda Vincent. Parton co-wrote the six original songs on the soundtrack with Linda Perry, who is best known for her past collaborations with Christina Aguilera ("Beautiful") and P!nk ("Get the Party Started").
Netflix recently acquired "Dumplin'," which will premiere on the streaming service and in select theaters on a date to be announced. The movie, directed by "The Proposal" director Anne Fletcher, is based on the 2015 novel by Julie Murphy. In the movie, Willowden "Dumplin'" Dickson —who is a major fan of Parton —is a "plus-size, teenage daughter of a former beauty queen, who signs up for her mom's pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town," according to a Netflix description of the movie. In the movie, Macdonald plays Dumplin', and Aniston plays Dumplin's mother Rosie Dickson. The movie's other cast members include Odeya Rush, Dove Cameron, Harold Perrineau, Bex Taylor-Klaus and Ginger Minj.
Kristin Hahn, who is one of the movie's producers, adapted the Dumplin' book into the movie's screenplay. The film's other producers are Michael Costigan, Mohamed AlRafi and Trish Hofmann. Aniston and Danny Nozell are the movie's executive producers.
The Dumplin' character isn't the only Parton superfan. In real life, Aniston is also a big fan of Parton—Aniston even named one of her dogs Dolly Parton.
In a Sept. 3 interview on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Aniston admitted that she was nervous and unsure about recording a song with Parton: "We had dinner at my house a couple of weeks ago. It was a five-hour dinner that was incredible … Our music supervisor [for the Dumplin' soundtrack ] was there … and I said, 'I would love to be on one of those tracks' … I was sort of kidding." When Aniston got the soundtrack's recording schedule and saw that she was scheduled to record with Parton, her reaction was, "This has got to be a joke! I'm not singing with Dolly Parton on an album on that's going to be heard by hopefully millions of people. Should I do it?"
"Dumplin;" won't the be the last Netflix release to feature Parton's original music. As previously reported, Parton has inked a deal with Netflix to executive produce and provide several of her original songs for an anthology series where each episode will be based on her music. More details about the series are to be announced.
In 2019, Parton will receive two major honors: She has been named MusiCares Person of the Year, and will be honored with a MusiCares tribute concert at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Feb. 8. Then, on a date to be announced, Parton and her Trio bandmates Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Parton already received a Hollywood Walk of Fame star as a solo artist in 1984.