The Tennessean reports that songstress Jewel has been cast as June Carter Cash in a forthcoming Lifetime biopic based on the memoir Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash. Jewel's career — which, as we all know, has twisted and turned through wildly cringe-inducing duets and grammatically dubious books of poetry — has brought her to Nashville on many occasions. She served as a host and as a judge on the now-defunct reality-TV competition program Nashville Star, and her foray into country music saw her working with folks like John Rich and admitting that Music City is the sort of place where "you can throw a rock and hit somebody in the head who is more talented than you." So it makes perfect sense that Jewel might be a June fan. But can she act? I mean, she played herself in Walk Hard.
I have to say that, while I don't think former Nashvillian Reese Witherspoon sounded a damn thing like June in Walk the Line, it was clearly a heartfelt performance from a true fan. Perhaps Jewel can outdo her in the sound-alike department? Playing The Man in Black will be Matt Ross, who you may recognize from his portrayal of crazy-eyed closet case and Warren Jeffs send-up Alby on Big Love. He has the hair to play JC at least. Some people seem to think that's all it takes. Anyhow, here are some deets:
The movie follows Carter Cash’s life from her early childhood in rural Virginia to her success as a singer and covers her personal life including her three marriages, the last of which was to Johnny Cash.
The movie will begin filming in Atlanta this summer and will premiere on Lifetime later this year.
I visited June and Johnny's grave sites just a couple of weeks ago. No matter when I happen to be there, there are always fresh flowers and messages from fans. Nothing can sully the iconic couple's legacy, obviously, and I'm certain the aforementioned biopic won't be the last of its kind. But it sure would be nice if it turns out not to suck, right? Fingers crossed. My boss tells me that Allison Anders is set to direct, and that her 1996 film Grace of My Heart (which revolved around an Illeana Douglas-portrayed Carole King-esque character, with John Turturro as a faux Phil Spector) was pretty good. Perhaps this one stands a chance!