During an appearance on Conan this week, Josh Brolin revealed that he’s signed on to star as legendary country singer George Jones in a new biopic (via Rolling Stone). He also said his co-star is none other than Jessica Chastain (Interstellar, The Help), who’s taking on the role of Jones’ ex-wife and partner, Tammy Wynette.
The film takes its working title, No Show Jones, from the Possum’s tendency to miss shows due to his addiction to alcohol and cocaine. In fact, Brolin joked that his own history with substance abuse is what made the studio interested in him for the part.
“I have a bit of a past,” said Brolin, referring to a New Year’s Day 2013 arrest for public intoxication. “When they were trying to figure out who might be best able to best play George Jones, they thought, ‘What about Brolin? Who’s been to jail in the last 10 years? Let’s pick Brolin!'”
Jones actually began working on the film himself seven years ago prior to his death in 2013. His fourth wife and widow, Nancy Jones, has been shepherding the script forward ever since and will serve as executive producer. In November of 2014, she helped bring on screenwriter Alan Wenkus, who received an Oscar nomination this year for his work on the Straight Outta Compton script.
“He loved it, and he loves George,” Nancy Jones told Rolling Stone Country last May about hiring Wenkus. “We brought him to town, absolutely loved him, and we’ve been working together since November. He understands what I’m wanting. I don’t want any lies — I want it exactly the way George started the [script] when he started it six years ago.”
There’s no word yet on when the film will head before a lens or hit theaters, but since we’ve been waiting for this one for almost three years, we can continue to be patient.