Tom Hiddleston to Carry a Tune as Singer Hank Williams in Biopic

June 13, 2014
Source: Deadline

Hank Williams / Tom Hiddleston

Audiences are mostly familiar with Tom Hiddleston causing trouble for Thor and The Avengers, but now they'll see the actor in a completely different light. Deadline has word that the British star of stage and screen has been lined up to play country music legend Hank Williams in a biopic called I Saw the Light. The film is coming together as a co-production between Brett Ratner's RatPac Entertainment (he's been really busy producing lately), Bron Studios and Creative Wealth Media Finance. Flash of Genius director Marc Abraham will direct the film from his own script based on a biography on Williams by Colin Escott.

The biopic will follow Williams as he rises to fame, and the consequences that came from it, shaking up his personal life dramatically, before his time was tragically cut short by heart failure at the age of 29. And much like Joaquin Phoenix did as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line, Hiddleston will do all of his own singing, bringing new life to classics like "Your Cheatin' Heart" and "Hey Good Lookin.'" Production is slated to begin in October, and this is certainly something different for Hiddleston, who has also been seen in War Horse and Midnight in Paris. Could an Oscar nomination be in order?

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  • Terry Craig
    Wasn't there once a Hank Williams biopic scripted by Paul Schrader, aka the writer of Taxi Driver? I remember reading the opening scenes of that and it was pretty fantastic. I really hope/wish they'll lean on that. Either way, Hiddleston looks quite the part and is a good actor. I hope they won't mess this up, Hank Williams deserves a great film about him.
    Wow! That will be interesting to say the least.




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