The true life tale of prison inmates forming a country music group in order to score parole will be told through the backing of Jennifer Aniston, as producer and actress.
The former “Friends” star is taking up guitar and singing on screen for the first time in “The Goree Girls,” due to start lensing in January. “I can carry a tune.”
The film is centered on a band of female prisoners. Margaret Nagle has signed on as a writer while John Lee Hancock has been tapped for the screenplay.
“It takes place in 1929,” Aniston told a group of reporters, including HitFix, at the recent junket for “Love Happens.” “The band, they weren’t musicians. They basically created a band in prison in order to get paroled. So you’re dealing with new singing voices and new instrument playing and somehow they find a way to become a huge phenomenon. It’s a true story.”
Aniston mentions she sang “one little thing in a movie a long, long time ago” – though not mentioning which – and had racked up musical experience while attending the High School of the Performing Arts in New York.
The actress made the comments recently while promoting her new move “Love Happens,” due next Friday (Sept. 18).