"Avengers" Star Tom Hiddleston Will Play Hank Williams in Musical Bio Film
13 Jun 2014
"I Saw The Light," a film about country and western legend Hank Williams, will feature Tom Hiddleston as the late singer-songwriter, Deadline.com reports.
Marc Abraham will direct the film, which features a script he wrote, based on the Williams biography by Colin Escott.
The film, which will feature Hiddleston singing such Williams standards as "Your Cheatin' Heart," "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" and "Hey Good Lookin'," will tell the story of Williams' rapid rise to fame and the price that fame took on his personal life.
Hiddleston won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Newcomer in a Play for his role in Cymbeline; he was also nominated for the same award the same year for his role of Cassio in Othello. His stage credits include The Changeling, Ivanov and The Children's Monologues. He has starred in "The Avengers," "Thor," "War Horse" and "Midnight in Paris."
Production will begin in Louisiana in October. Aaron L. Gilbert will produce, with Brett Ratner, G. Marq Rosell and Abraham. Ratner's partner, James Packer, will be the executive producer.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.