Jewel has signed on to play June Carter Cash in Lifetime’s original movie, The June Carter Cash Story (working title). The movie will be based on John Carter Cash’s narrative of his mother’s life, Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash and will tell June’s story, from her early beginnings up through her marriage to Johnny Cash.
The June Carter Cash Story was written by Richard Friedenberg and will be directed by Allison Anders. Steven Michaels, Jonathan Koch and John Carter Cash will executive produce. Filming will begin early this summer in Atlanta and the movie is slated to premiere later this year.
“Many people know about the legendary love story of Johnny and June,” Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President, Programming, of Lifetime Networks, said. “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 title role.”
The movie will begin with June Carter’s early childhood, growing up in the rural mountains of Virginia. It will recount her rise to fame — along with her popular family of singers — as a child, before going out on her own to perform alongside Elvis Presley and a group of performers who would forever influence American culture.
The movie will also look at her first two marriages, her life with her daughter, her relationship with her son and her famous courtship and marriage with Johnny Cash. The story will showcase her role in saving Johnny’s life during his battle with substance abuse and how her faith in God, confidence and talent carried her through and inspired generations to come.