Singer-songwriter Holly Williams is Hank’s granddaughter, clearly a party with a rather larger stake in seeing Hollywood get Hank right. And how could Hollywood ever hope to get Alabama-born Hank right by casting a British actor to play him?
Holly admits that she was skeptical, despite working with the film’s director, Marc Abraham, throughout the entire process. But when she got a chance to attend an advance screening, any of Holly’s doubts were swept away.
“Tom really put his whole heart and soul into it,” she 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.”
Of course, Holly never knew Hank personally. Holly was born in 1981. Hank died nearly 30 years earlier in 1953.
Still, if anyone could understand a Williams, it’s a Williams. And Holly gushed about the performance. Which is great news for the rest of us hoping to get an authentic peek into the legendary singer’s life.
But it wasn’t just Hiddleston as Hank that impressed Holly. She also had praise for Elizabeth Olsen, who played Audrey, Hank’s wife.
She “was really amazing as well. I’m incredibly happy with the whole thing. I thought it was brilliant.”
I Saw The Light will hit theaters Nov. 27. To learn more about the film, click here.