The film follows the superstar's incredible upbringing in rural Appalachia

By Danielle Anderson
October 23, 2015 11:30 AM
Jeff Lipsky/NBC

Dolly Parton‘s colorful life is coming to the small screen in December and PEOPLE has the first look at the film.

The movie is based on the inspiring true story of Parton’s upbringing as one of 12 children living in poverty in rural Appalachia.

And Parton herself was very hands on in the making of the film – especially in regards to the casting. Alyvia Alyn Lind, 8, stars as a young Dolly, while Jennifer Nettles plays her mom Avie Lee Parton and Ricky Schroder plays her dad Robert Lee Parton. “Dolly told me I reminded her so much of her father,” Schroder tells PEOPLE. “I was honored to play him.” (Gerald McRaney rounds out the cast, as the Rev. Jake Owens.)

“I had an incredible time making this movie,” Nettles tells PEOPLE. “It’s such an incredible story.”

Coat of Many Colors airs Dec. 10 on NBC at 9 p.m.

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