Jewel To Play June Carter In TV Movie

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May 3, 2012 | 5:56pm EST

Singer Jewel is set to follow in Reese Witherspoon’s footsteps by portraying country music legend June Carter in a new TV movie.
Witherspoon walked away with an Oscar for her portrayal of Johnny Cash’s second wife in 2005’s Walk the Line biopic and now the Who Will Save Your Soul singer will get her chance to take on the role in The June Carter Cash Story for U.S. TV network Lifetime.
Executive Rob Sharenow says, “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. This movie will explore all aspects of the woman behind the icon, and we’re thrilled Jewel will be playing the role.”
American Horror Story actor Matt Ross will play Cash in the movie, which will chronicle the couple’s tumultuous relationship as well as her rise to fame, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The project will be based on John Carter Cash’s memoir Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash. He will also serve as an executive producer.