Shooting to Begin in June for Film on Region 8 Icon Johnny Cash

MAY 18, 2004 - Posted at 3:17 p.m. CDT

Memphis, TN - The cameras will roll in Memphis, starting June 28, for a movie biography of the late Johnny Cash.

Memphis and Shelby County Film and Television commissioner Lynn Sitler says the $28 million film will shoot for ten weeks.

The movie will also film in Nashville and Arkansas with Joaquin Phoenix portraying Cash and Reese Weatherspoon as June Carter Cash.  Johnny Cash was born in Kingsland, Arkansas, but got involved in the music business while living in Region 8.  As a boy, he and his family moved to Dyess Colony in Mississippi County, where Cash was heavily influenced by Rockabilly music coming out of nearby Memphis.

State film commissioner David Bennett says the producer wants familiar exterior shots that could include Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and the Cash's home in Hendersonville.

Called "Walk the Line," the movie will chronicle Cash's career from 1955 until 1968.  The time span includes his Sun Records days in Memphis and his rise to stardom.

June Carter Cash died on May 15 of last year, Johnny Cash on September 12, both in Nashville.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)