The four-time Grammy nominee also went from blonde to brunette for the role and is nearly unrecognizable. "Many people know about the legendary love story of Johnny and June," Executive Vice President of Programming Rob Sharenow told Us Weekly. "But June Carter Cash has her own epic journey filled with triumphs, tragedies, loves and losses . . . we're thrilled Jewel will be playing the title role."
Jewel, 38, became a first-time mom last July to son Kase with her husband Ty Murray. And adding to her year of firsts, this is Jewel's first major acting role.