Waylon Payne Gets Role in Johnny Cash Film Biography

Singer-songwriter Waylon Payne has been cast to portray Jerry Lee Lewis in the upcoming film, Walk the Line, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon as Johnny and June Carter Cash. Payne, Waylon Jennings’ godson, is the son of Sammi Smith and Jody Payne, the longtime guitarist in Willie Nelson’s band. Payne is expected to be featured in the soundtrack produced by T Bone Burnett. Production on the Johnny Cash film biography will begin this summer. A former member of Shelby Lynne’s band, Payne will release his debut album, The Drifter, on July 13. Keith Gattis produced the project.