Sony Pictures Classics announced the release date for an upcoming film based on the life of Hank Williams.
The biopic I Saw the Light will hit theaters nationwide on Nov. 27. Tom Hiddleston will play the role of the legendary country singer who battled the hazards of fame and drugs before his untimely death at the age of 29. Hiddleston is best known for his recent role as Loki in the popular Marvel superhero film, The Avengers. According to Collider, Hiddleston will sing his own renditions of Williams’ iconic songs in the film. The actor practiced with Rodney Crowell to improve on his musical skills in preparation for the role.
After Hiddleston performed two of Williams’ songs, “Move It On Over” and “Jambalaya” at the 2014 Wheatland Music Festival, Williams’ grandson, Hank Williams III, expressed his disapproval of the renditions. He responded on Facebook with a video of himself singing “Move It On Over” with a caption stating, “here is how you do it Tom, You got no moan or soul in your voice.” The post has since been taken down.
I Saw the Light was written and directed by Marc Abraham and will also star Elizabeth Olsen as Williams’ wife Audrey, Bradley Whitford as songwriter Fred Rose and Cherry Jones as Hank’s mother, Lillie. The November release was specifically chosen to make the film eligible for an Oscar nomination and will likely gain a lot of buzz in the film festival circuit this fall.