Leighton Meester Goes ‘Country Strong’ (VIDEO)

Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester trades posh New York City for down-home Nashville in her new film, Country Strong, which stars Gwyneth Paltrow as a washed-up singer and Tim McGraw as her savvy manager husband. Leighton plays the fresh-faced Chiles Stanton, Gwyneth’s opening act and rival.

Based on the newly-released trailer, it seems both Gwyneth and Leighton sing (croon?) in the film, even if newcomer Garrett Hedlund’s character says of Leighton’s up-and-comer: “You’re gonna let this prom queen get up on stage? Patsy Cline played here!”

Leighton fans will have to wait until the film’s December 22 release to see her go Country. Its holiday-season rollout could mean the movie will be positioned as an awards show contender. Let’s start the campaign early: Leighton for a Golden Globe in 2011!

Check out the Country Strong trailer here:

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