Big news about Monroe biopic

Bill Graham is reporting over at Mandolin Cafe that plans for the Bill Monroe film biography we have discussed previously seem to be well under way.

The project is the brainchild of actor Peter Sarsgaard and his wife and fellow actor, Maggie Gyllenhaal. The pair will take the roles of Bill Monroe and Bessie Lee Maudlin, with T-Bone Burnett assuming music production.

According to Graham’s piece…

Producer Trevor Jolly tells the Mandolin Cafe that “we have just completed the first round of prerecords of the music for the movie. T-Bone Burnett and Ronnie McCoury supervised the 10-day recording session in Nashville at Sound Emporium with a huge contingent of A-list musicians, and the initial mixes sound spectacular.”

Jolly said former Monroe protege, Del McCoury, will sing the Monroe songs on the soundtrack.

Great news! Read the full article at Mandolin Cafe.

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