Gwyneth Paltrow and Leighton Meester Go Country

When did country music get glam enough for Gwyneth Paltrow? We hold Taylor Swift responsible.

Paltrow will be co-starring with actual country star (and Faith Hill's hubby) Tim McGraw in a new film about a country singer, titled Love Don't Let Me Down. Paltrow will play a former country star who tries to recapture fame by touring with an up-and-coming singer (Friday Night Lights' Garrett Hedlund) -- and ends up having an affair with him. McGraw will play her husband and manager, and Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester will be featured as "a beauty queen turned singer."

Though she lacks country-music cred, we imagine that Paltrow will do her own singing; two of the songs she performed for the 2000 film Duets were released as singles, with her cover of "Cruisin'" going to #1 in Australia. Meester released her first single in October ("Somebody To Love") with an album due out soon, so we know she can sing. And McGraw, of course, will be a shoo-in for the movie's soundtrack.

If Gwyneth is lucky, she'll follow in the footsteps of other actresses who've played country singers: Sissy Spacek won a Best Actress Oscar for playing Loretta Lynn in the 1980 film Coal Miner's Daughter, and Reese Witherspoon took home that same award for playing June Carter Cash in 2005's Walk the Line.

Do you think Gwyneth can be believable as a country star? Chime in below!

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