Jewel will play June Carter Cash in the upcoming Lifetime biopic, The June Carter Cash Story, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"Many people know about the legendary love story of Johnny and June, but June Carter Cash has her own epic journey filled with triumphs, tragedies, loves and losses," Lifetime executive Rob Sharenow said. "This movie will explore all aspects of the woman behind the icon, and we're thrilled Jewel will be playing the role."
After filming the just-released Vanity Fair, the golden-tressed star of MGM's Legally Blonde movies went brunet. Reese Witherspoon didn't change her signature look for purely cosmetic reasons, though. Going darker was a must for her next role as the late country songbird June Carter Cash in the upcoming Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line.
"I was desperate to play June," the 28-year-old actress says. "I would have walked on my hands and knees to Memphis to play the role. I grew up in Nashville, so country music is part of my heritage. There's something amazing about the love story between her and Johnny Cash [who's played by Joaquin Phoenix in the film].
"These were two people who were meant to be together and had to work side by side for years before they were ever able to express their love," she continues. "It was tumultuous and hard, but that's what relationships are. It's been one of the hardest movies I'v