In this new film, ‘Joyful Noise,’ the ladies work together to try and stop the breakup of the Pacashau Gospel Choir, who have fallen on hard times. Parton plays the late choir director’s wife, who wants to run the group, and Latifah plays a mother of teenagers who takes charge of the choir after the director dies.

Parton reveals, ”There’s a love-hate relationship with Queen Latifah and me, and of course toward the end we become friends. It causes a lot of tension, and a lot of fun, and so I think it’s going to be a wonderful movie.”

The country legend adds, “She was fun to work with … and she’s kind of towering over me, so we called each other ‘Big’ and ‘Small.’”

‘Joyful Noise’ will be released in January 2012.