Zooey Deschanel is to play Loretta Lynn on Broadway.

The 32-year-old singer-and-actress will portray the country music legend in an adaptation of 1980 film 'Coal Miner's Daughter' after Loretta announced the casting at a live show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium yesterday (10.05.12), and she brought the 'New Girl' star out to perform with her.

The 77-year-old star said in a statement: ''It's a long way from Butcher Holler to Broadway in New York City. I never imagined I'd see 'Coal Miner's Daughter' on a movie screen, and now I can't believe it's going to be on a stage for people to see.

''I'm going to be right there in The Front row. And I know Zooey is going to be great - she sings and writes her own songs just like I do, and we even have the same colour eyes!''

Zooey admitted it is a ''dream come true'' to have landed the part - played by Sissy Spacek in the movie, a biopic which documented Loretta's rise from poverty to fame - as she regards Loretta as a ''true legend''.

The brunette beauty explained: ''She is a true legend and to be chosen to play such an iconic woman is a dream come true.''