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Jewel to play June Carter Cash in Lifetime movie: Report

Jewel, soon to become June Carter Cash. (ROBERT SULLIVAN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Deadline reports that the singer and expert yodeler will play June Carter Cash, country music star and husband of the legendary Johnny Cash, in an upcoming TV movie based on son John Carter Cash’s book “Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash.” The film, called “The June Carter Cash Story,” will air on Lifetime, the same network that will bring us “Liz & Dick,” the account of the romance between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton starring Lindsay Lohan.

Jewel, best known for hits like “You Were Meant for Me,” and for being married to rodeo star Ty Murray, will portry the same woman that Reese Witherspoon took on in the 2005 film theatrical film “Walk the Line,” the Johnny Cash biopic that won Witherspoon an Academy Award. Unlike that motion picture, the Lifetime pic will focus more on June than Johnny, making this the first major leading role for Jewel.

The singer has previously popped up in a handful of small TV and film roles, but often as herself, so it will be interesting to see how she handles the challenge. (She also made a cameo appearance in “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” which was a kinda sorta parody of “Walk the Line.” So maybe that counts as Cash practice?)

Lest you think that the man behind “Ring of Fire” will be neglected, know this: he will be portrayed by Matt Ross, otherwise known as Dr. Charles Montgomery, the resident retro Frankenstein on season one of FX’s “American Horror Story.”

Do you think Jewel is a good choice for June Carter Cash? What about Ross as Johnny Cash? Share your opinion by posting a comment.

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.

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