A big screen biopic about country music legend Hank Williams is coming to theaters this fall. I Saw the Light stars Tom Hiddleston (Thor: The Dark World) in the role of the beloved singer-songwriter-musician. Bradley Whitford (Transparent) and Elizabeth Olsen (Avengers: Age of Ultron) co-star in the feature, which is based on the award-winning biography by Colin Escott.
The movie will recount the brief but thrilling life of Williams, who died of heart failure at the age of 29 after quickly gaining country-western music stardom in the post-World War II era. Although it had tragic aspects—struggling with substance abuse and suffering from spina bifida—his life was awe-inspiring, partly because of how much he accomplished in such a short time. His hit songs include Lost Highway, Ramblin’ Man, Jambalaya (on the Bayou) and You Win Again.
The picture was written, produced and directed by Marc Abraham, whose producing credits also include Dawn of the Dead, The Last Exorcism and The Man with the Iron Fists.
Another of the film’s producers, Aaron L. Gilbert, praised Hiddleston and Abraham, saying, “Tom Hiddleston gives an amazing performance, completely embodying the talent and spirit of Hank Williams, and Marc’s script and direction are brilliant. I am very pleased that the picture has found a home at Sony Pictures Classics where I know Marc and Tom will give it the attention and special handling it deserves.”
I Saw the Light hits theaters on November 27.