EXCLUSIVE: Ahead of her stop at the 48th Annual Country Music Awards tonight in Nashville, country music superstar Faith Hill has completed filming on indie crime drama Dixieland. This marks the “Breathe” singer’s second film after 2004’s Stepford Wives, in which she made her big screen debut opposite Nicole Kidman.
The Leftovers‘ Chris Zylka stars in the Mississippi-set Dixieland as a young man, newly released from prison, who falls for the troubled girl next door and takes a big risk to give them a shot at a better life. Hill plays the mother he moves back home with, starring alongside Riley Keough, the Magic Mike and Runaways actress whose grandfather was the legendary Elvis Presley. Breaking Bad‘s RJ Mitte, Spencer Lofranco (Jamesy Boy), Brad Carter (True Detective), Steve Earle (Treme), and WWE wrestling icon Mick Foley round out the cast.
Hollywood’s been trying to turn the multi-Grammy Award winning Hill into a movie star for years. With two chart-topping albums under her belt, she made her acting debut in 1997 in a pair of guest turns on Touched By An Angel and Promised Land. But unlike many of her peers – including fellow country star and husband Tim McGraw, who appeared in Friday Night Lights, The Blind Side, and Four Christmases – Hill has been choosier with her acting projects.
Dixieland is written and directed by first time feature helmer Hank Bedford, who most recently served as associate producer on Bennett Miller’s true crime Oscar contender Foxcatcher. Jen Gatien (Hounddog, Holy Rollers, Jack & Diane) produced the drama which was shot on location in Jackson, MS.