Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon star in the trailer for George & Tammy. It’s been a big year for Chastain, as she won an Oscar for her performance as the titular character in the drama biopic The Eyes of Tammy Faye. The project nabbed Chastain her first Academy Award victory, but her portrayal had been getting positive notices well before the film even debuted. Though reviews were ultimately mixed, critics agreed that the story was elevated thanks to the work of Chastain and her co-star Andrew Garfield.
In her next role, Chastain will be depicting another well-known Tammy. Rather than the controversial televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker, the actor will play country superstar Tammy Wynette. Dubbed the First Lady of Country Music, Wynette is known for enduring hits like “Stand By Your Man” and “D-I-V-O-R-C-E.” Shannon, meanwhile, will play fellow country luminary George Jones.
The duo takes center stage in the new trailer for George & Tammy. Consisting of six episodes, the limited series premieres December 4 on Showtime. The first episode will also air simultaneously on Paramount Network, while the rest of the installments will be exclusive to Showtime every Sunday. Episodes will also be available early, on Friday, on-demand, for subscribers to Paramount+ with the Showtime bundle.
What To Expect From George & Tammy
The series is based on the book The Three of Us: Growing Up with Tammy and George which was written by George and Tammy’s daughter, Georgette Jones. Along those lines, George & Tammy will explore the struggles and challenges of the titular couple. They’d both been divorced before they met, and their union took their career to new heights. They collaborated on several hit songs, dueting their way through an intense romance. Still, it was far from perfect. Their intense start would gradually run up against George’s alcohol addiction and lead to a divorce. From the trailer, it looks like Showtime hopes to recreate those highs and lows.
Viewers might liken the drama to a country version of Pam & Tommy, but the project has been in the works since 2020. Abe Sylvia, who wrote The Eyes of Tammy Faye, created George & Tammy. John Hillcoat will direct. Although the subject matter and central figures may be different, it may be instructive to look at that previous collaboration for hints at what possible themes and ideas the limited series may be interested in exploring.
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