Jessica Chastain has signed on to portray country music legend Tammy Wynette in an upcoming limited series George & Tammy. Created by Abe Sylvia (Dead To Me), the limited series follows country music power couple Wynette and George Jones, whose complicated relationship inspired some of the most iconic music of all time.
Wynette was known as the ‘First Lady of country music’, and her lyrics tackled serious issues including loneliness, divorce and heartbreak. Wynette’s most successful song, ‘Stand by Your Man’, is one of the most iconic and bestselling country singles by a female artist, and she’s arguably one of the most influential women in music.
So, who’s behind this limited series? Netflix? Amazon? Well, not quite. It will debut exclusively on Spectrum for the American cable company’s subscribers, before making its way to Paramount Network and ViacomCBS’ forthcoming streaming service nine months later. That doesn’t sound ideal. Hopefully Chastain hasn’t gotten into the kind of deal Jerry Seinfeld originally signed with Crackle. What’s Crackle, you ask? Exactly.
The project is based on a book by Jones and Wynette’s daughter, Georgette Jones, titled The Three Of Us: Growing Up With Tammy And George. Sylvia will produce alongside Chastain, Andrew Lazar (American Sniper) and, somewhat strangely, Josh Brolin.
Brolin is not known as a typical producer without having an acting role as well, so it’s possible he was originally also set to star in the series before dropping out due to scheduling issues, but still wanted to be involved in the project in some capacity.
Hopefully, for Chastain’s sake, Spectrum can become at least somewhat of a name in streaming circles, otherwise this series might be almost entirely absent from public eye, especially considering the strange release strategy. Still expect her to pull off the role expertly, though.
Chastain will next be seen in another Tammy-related movie, Michael Showalter‘s The Eyes Of Tammy Faye, where she and Andrew Garfield will play famous televangelists.