Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon are teaming up for "Walk the Line," a Johnny Cash biopic to be directed by James Mangold. Phoenix is set to star as the country music legend, while Witherspoon wi

Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon are teaming up for "Walk the Line," a Johnny Cash biopic to be directed by James Mangold. Phoenix is set to star as the country music legend, while Witherspoon will portray his wife and bandmate June Carter.

The Fox 2000 project is gearing up to start production in the fall. Co-written by Mangold and writing partner Gill Dennis, "Walk the Line" is described as a nontraditional biopic centering on a snapshots of Cash's life. There will be a focus on his younger years, a shift to Memphis when country music started to heat up, and a look at Cash's drug addiction.

According to sources close to the project, Mangold and the producers are collaborating with Cash and Carter and have obtained cooperation and access to the couple's life story and the rights to use Cash's original music in the film. The project is moving forward at a favorable time as Cash is currently making waves with his cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt," which debuted last week at No. 34 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Phoenix next stars in "Ladder 49" and "It's All About Love." Witherspoon next stars in the MGM sequel "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde." Mangold, who counts Cash as one of his favorite musical icons, most recently helmed the thriller "Identity," which is set for release April 25 from Columbia.

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