Tom Hiddleston's 'I Saw The Light' Is Officially Getting A Release & Here's Everything We Know About The Project
Big news: The Internet's fantasy boyfriend next film is officially on, guys. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tom Hiddleston's upcoming feature I Saw The Light , which see him starring as famous country singer Hank Williams, has been picked up by Sony Pictures Classic. According to reports, the film "chronicles Williams' meteoric rise to fame and its ultimately tragic effect on his health and personal life."
If there's anyone who can take the complicated role on, it's Hiddleston, but then again, there are few roles that I don't think Hiddleston would be well-suited for. (Like, two total.) As for this role, it's shaping up to be worthy of him — a biopic that shows both the legendary country singer's rise to the top and his subsequent, possibly inevitable crash. There's plenty of raw material for the actor to work with in this story alone, and I have no doubt that Hiddleston is amazing as Williams. Hitfix is even saying that this movie could put Hiddleston in the awards race!
So what else do we know about the film? Though it has yet to be released, a bit has been released about the project — so, here's what we already know about I Saw The Light, outside of Hiddleston's top billing:
A Hollywood Heavyweight Is Behind The Camera
Marc Abraham wrote the script and will direct the film. Though this Abraham's first time as a screenwriter for a major film and only his second as director, he's no newcomer to Hollywood: Abraham has produced countless famous films, including Air Force One, Bring It On, and Children Of Men.
Hiddleston Isn't The Only Big Name Attached
Another member of the Marvel universe is involved in the project. Elizabeth Olsen will play Audrey Mae Williams, the first wife of Hank Williams. Also attached is Bradley Whitford, David Krumholtz and Cherry Jones.
It's Based On A Book
Screenwriter Abraham based his script on Colin Escott's biography of the late singer Hank Williams. The book chronicles the six short years of Williams' recording career as well as his personal relationships and battle with alcoholism.
There Will Be Plenty Of Music
I Saw The Light could be the next Walk The Line in terms of musical biopics. The title is taken from one of Williams' most popular country gospel songs.
It's Going To Be a Tearjerker
Williams died at age 29 of heart failure, allegedly due to the stress put on his heart by his abuse of alcohol and pills. If you thought Loki's "death" in Thor: The Dark World was sad, well, this might be the biggest Hiddleston tearjerker to date.
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