Dumplin', the novel-turned-movie from local author Julie Murphy, premiered on Netflix on Dec. 7.
Murphy unleashed a runaway hit when the novel came out in September of 2015. The book is about a plus-sized teenage girl who signs up for a beauty pageant run by her former beauty queen of a mother. Of course, it's only to prove a point.
Jennifer Aniston (one of the best Friends) plays the mother, Rosie. Danielle Macdonald (Patti Cake$) plays Willowdean, aka Dumplin'.
Music icon Dolly Parton reworked many of her songs and wrote some new ones for the movie's soundtrack, which was released last month. All indicators are good: Parton and powerhouse songwriter Linda Perry received a Golden Globe nomination Dec. 6 for best song for "Girl in the Movies."
Murphy said in a September interview that the movie "has been in the works since the summer of 2015, when Disney initially acquired the film rights." The movie was finally made in 2017.
Dumplin' is also playing on the big screen in select cities at iPic Theaters. That includes iPic Fairview, 321 Town Place, Fairview.