Ahead of its release in November, Sony Pictures has released stills from the new Hank Williams biopic, I Saw the Light.
British actor Tom Hiddleston plays the legendary country artist in the film produced and directed by Marc Abraham. Based on the 1994 Williams biography by Colin Escott, George Merritt and William MacEwen, the film follows his rocky path to stardom, including Williams’ struggles with drug and alcohol abuse that led to his death in 1953, at the age of 29.
Elizabeth Olsen plays Williams’ second wife, Audrey, and Bradley Whitford stars as songwriter and music publisher Fred Rose. Rodney Crowell also served as the musical director for the film.
Although Hiddleston initially encountered some criticism for being selected for the role, Williams’ granddaughter Holly recently voiced her support for his artistic representation of her famous grandfather.
“Tom really put his whole heart and soul into it,” the 34-year-old country singer told Rolling Stone. “He worked so hard to embody everything about Hank, all of the nuances and who Hank really was. Tom put all his passion into his performance.”
I Saw the Light will be released in theaters across the country Nov. 27.