By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Amye Gousset scored the lead role in John Russell’s new film, “Patsy,” about Patsy Cline – but she’s not playing the legendary country star.
There’s a movie within a movie in “Patsy,” which is a feature film about the making of a movie about Cline’s life. “Patsy” tells the story of a young actress, Megan – played by Gousset – who is chosen to portray Cline in a movie and how she’s swayed by show business.
“I have to find Megan, and I have to find Megan playing Patsy,” Gousset said. “It’s interesting. That’s what’s going to be so fun about it, so I’m very excited.”
Russell’s Chance Film Productions, based out of Kansas City, Mo., is producing the movie. Gousset had tried out for another of Russell’s movies a while back, but he wanted her for “Patsy.”
“She’s a talented young lady, and she certainly can act,” he said.
Gousset sings, too, and she’s already preparing for her role by listening to lots of Patsy Cline, since she’s playing an actress who could play Cline.
“Yesterday I was shooting a short film in Oxford and on the way home I had a Patsy CD in, just listening to the feel of her voice,” she said.
In “Patsy,” Megan, who is chosen to play the country star, is wooed by two record labels who try to sign her. One is reputable, while the other one is shady, bringing lots of drama to young Megan’s life.
“The film is not about Patsy, but there’s a lot of her music in it,” Russell said.
The film is in pre-production now and will be shot later this year in Alabama.