Singer Jewel is nearly unrecognizable with long brown hair, straight teeth (!) and blue eyes in her role as June Carter Cash in an upcoming Lifetime movie. The film, The June Carter Cash Story, was announced in May and started filming in Atlanta shortly afterwards. It’s based on the book Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash, which John Carter Cash wrote about his mother. The last person to portray June was of course Reese Witherspoon, who won an Oscar for it in 2005′s Walk the Line. But critics love a physical transformation, and Jewel getting veneers (temporary or permanent, we do not yet know) goes a long way into creating June’s signature look. For more on the project and some pictures of Jewel in costume from the set, hit the jump.
The film will follow June’s early life, from her childhood in Virginia to her relationship with Johnny Cash (played by American Horror Story‘s Matt Ross) as well as her first marriage in the 1950s to Carl Smith (played by Linds Edwards). For her part, Jewel seems to really be enjoying the role, tweeting several photo updates and mentioning, “I gotta say, I love being a brunette.”
Lifetime is producing several biopics this year, including the much-discussed Elizabeth Taylor project, Liz & Dick (Elizabeth Taylor hated being called Liz, by the way), starring Lindsay Lohan. There is also a Lady Gaga project rumored to be in the works, which falls perfectly in line with rumors of a 2012 apocalypse (twist: we all just collectively gave up hope).
The June Carter Cash Story is set to premiere later this year.