Reese Witherspoon purchases film rights to Dolly Parton's novel

Dolly Parton has the support of her friend Reese Witherspoon and is hoping to once again be a movie star.

Reese Witherspoon purchases film rights to Dolly Parton's novel

Parton will be working with Hello Sunshine media company Witherspoon to adapt "Run, Rose Run," the best-selling novel she wrote with James Patterson. Parton said that the book, which is set in Nashville, centers on the bond between aspiring country singers and retired stars.

Parton released a statement Monday saying that James and I love Reese, and we look forward to working together with her and her amazing team.

Witherspoon, who was born in Nashville and won an Oscar in the role of June Carter Cash in "Walk the Line", said that Parton was a longtime idol.

Witherspoon stated that Dolly Parton was not only an icon for me but also a true inspiration for women and girls all over the world. "My admiration for her grew even more when I read 'Run, Rose, Run,'which was a gripping, heartbreaking book that I couldn't put down. It was an honor to work alongside James and bring this amazing story to life on screen.

Parton has mainly acted on television in recent years, with a guest appearance in "Grace & Frankie," but in 1980s and 1990s starred as a star in feature films such as "9 to 5," "Steel Magnolias", and "Straight Talk."