Dolly Parton, Dollywood to be featured in Hallmark Christmas movie

Country music star Dolly Parton and the Dollywood theme park will be featured in a Hallmark Christmas movie that will premiere later this year, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.

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Parton will star with Danica McKellar in "Christmas at Dollywood," Entertainment Tonight reported Wednesday. Filming will begin in August, and the movie is expected to premiere Oct. 25 and run through New Year's Day, the website reported.

The movie will be part of Hallmark's 10th-anniversary celebration of Countdown to Christmas, the News Sentinel reported.

It is the second time Parton will be featured in a Hallmark-produced project. In 2010, the Hallmark Channel produced a television special that marked 25 years of Dollywood, ET reported.

McKellar told the website she was excited to be working with Parton.

"I grew up watching Dolly Parton on TV. I love her," McKellar told ET. "She is everything. I got to meet her -- she is charismatic and gorgeous and lovely, and she's the best person ever."

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