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Hank Williams Biopic 'I Saw the Light' Premieres in Nashville

Hank Williams Biopic 'I Saw the Light' Premieres in Nashville
Tinseltown took over Music City this past weekend, with the glitzy premiere of the highly anticipated Hank Williams biopic, I Saw the Light. Stars of the big-screen adaptation of the book, Hank Williams: The Biography by Colin Escott, George Merritt and William Macewen, walked the red carpet (which, for the record, was actually green), as invited guests filled the twin theaters at Nashville's historic Belcourt theater. British actor Tom Hiddleston turns in a career-defining role as the troubled singer-songwriter, whose influence is seen not only in nearly every country artist who came after him,
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‘I Saw the Light’ Director on Channeling Hank Williams’ Attitude

“I Saw the Light” made its world premiere Friday at the Toronto Film Festival, 50 years after “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” the first major film release on the life and death of country star Hank Williams, and almost anyone who cares about country music, the life and legacy of Williams is keenly interested to see if the film’s writer-director, Marc Abraham, succeeded in capturing the passion that made Williams the great talent and tragic figure whose songs and records continue to move us today.

Abraham has a couple of decades of Hollywood film producing experience under his belt, but is still new the directing game. Still, the Hollywood veteran grew up in Louisville, Ky., and listened to plenty of country music over the years.

“About seven or eight years ago, some people in Nashville came to me for advice about how to get a movie going about Hank, and the more I thought about it,
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See a Clip of Tom Hiddleston Singing in Hank Williams Biopic

See a Clip of Tom Hiddleston Singing in Hank Williams Biopic
Hank Williams and his Drifting Cowboys band come to life in the first official footage released from the upcoming biopic, I Saw the Light. British actor Tom Hiddleston steps into the shoes of the Alabama native in a brief scene from the film that depicts the singer and his band members in the studio recording what would be his first hit, "Move It on Over," at Nashville's Castle Studio in 1947. There's also a brief glimpse of Williams watching from a window as his then-wife, Audrey, played by Elizabeth Olsen, admonishes
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Hank Williams Movie 'I Saw the Light' Set for November Release

The big-screen retelling of the life of country music icon Hank Williams has secured a release date, just in time for awards season. Sony Pictures Classics has announced that I Saw the Light will bow in movie theaters on Black Friday, November 27th.

English actor Tom Hiddleston will play the lead role and do his own singing in the film. His previous screen credits include the role of Loki in a trio of Marvel films: Thor, The Avengers and Thor: The Dark World. He also portrayed novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Elizabeth Olsen joins Tom Hiddleston for Hank Williams biopic

In a strange Marvel team-up, Elizabeth Olsen (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Godzilla) has signed on to join Tom “Loki” Hiddleston (The Avengers, Only Lovers Left Alive) in the upcoming Hank Williams biopic, I Saw The Light.

Olsen has been signed to play Williams’ wife, Audrey Mae, in the film, which is being co-produced by Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment company. Long-time producer Marc Abraham (Flash of Genius) is set to direct the film from his own script, which is based on the book Hank Williams: The Biography which was published in 1994 and written by Colin Escott, George Merritt and William MacEwen.

Producers have also secured the rights obtained rights from Sony Atv for many of Williams’ songs and catalogue, including “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “I”m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and “Hey Good Lookin’.”

Set to go into production next month, I Saw The Light is set for a 2015 release,
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Elizabeth Olsen Says I Saw The Light

With the cameras set to begin shooting next month, the cast for Hank Williams biopic I Saw The Light is starting to come together around lynchpin Tom Hiddleston, who will play the country star himself. Elizabeth Olsen is now aboard to play his wife, Audrey Mae.Marc Abraham will direct the script he wrote, which adapts Colin Escott, George Merritt and William MacEwen’s biography of the man who scored hits with songs such as ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart’, ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ and ‘Lovesick Blues’. Williams, who struggled with spina bifida and died in 1953, is still considered one of the most influential country music artists ever. He rose quickly, burned brightly and passed away at the age of 29 from heart failure brought on by pills and alcohol.Brett Ratner is acting as executive producer for this one, which will shoot in and around Louisiana. Thanks to Olsen’s casting,
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Elizabeth Olsen Joins Tom Hiddleston in Hank Williams Biopic

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Elizabeth Olsen Joins Tom Hiddleston in Hank Williams Biopic
Elizabeth Olsen has signed on to star alongside Tom Hiddleston in the Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light. Tom Hiddleston signed on to play the country music legend back in June

The story is adapted from the 1994 book Hank Williams: A Biography, by Colin Escott, George Merritt and William MacEwen. Elizabeth Olsen is playing the singer's wife, Audrey Mae Williams. The producers have obtained the rights to Hank Williams' songs, such as hits "Your Cheatin' Heart," "I"m So Lonesome I Could Cry" and "Hey Good Lookin'", which will be sung by Tom Hiddleston himself.

Born in 1923, Alabama native Hank Williams' music career took off after World War II with his first hit, "Move It On Over." He struggled with addictions to alcohol and prescription medication, while suffering from spina biffida, before passing away at the age of 29 due to heart failure.

Marc Abraham is directing from his own adapted screenplay,
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Elizabeth Olsen Joins Tom Hiddleston in Hank Williams Biopic ‘I Saw the Light’

Elizabeth Olsen Joins Tom Hiddleston in Hank Williams Biopic ‘I Saw the Light’
Elizabeth Olsen has joined “The Avengers” star Tom Hiddleston in the Hank Williams biopic “I Saw the Light,” and will play his wife, Audrey Mae.

Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment, Bron Studios and Creative Wealth Media Finance are producing and financing. Production is scheduled to begin in October in Louisiana.

Veteran producer Marc Abraham will direct from his own script, which is based on the 1994 book “Hank Williams: The Biography” by Colin Escott, George Merritt and William MacEwen.

Aaron L. Gilbert will produce with Ratner, Abraham and G. Marq Roswell. James Packer, Ratner’s partner in RatPac, will exec produce.

Producers have obtained rights from Sony Atv for Williams’ songs, including “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “I”m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and “Hey Good Lookin’.”

Williams was born in 1923 in Alabama and broke out in the post-World War II era with the song “Move It on Over.” Among his hits are “Lost Highway,
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Tom Hiddleston to Play Hank Williams in Biopic ‘I Saw The Light’

Tom Hiddleston to Play Hank Williams in Biopic ‘I Saw The Light’
The Avengers” star Tom Hiddleston will play Hank Williams — and sing the country music icon’s songs — in the independent biopic “I Saw The Light.”

Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment, Bron Studios and Creative Wealth Media Finance are producing and financing. Production is sceduled to begin in October in Louisiana.

Veteran producer Marc Abraham will direct from his own script, which is based on the 1994 book “Hank Williams: The Biography” by Colin Escott, George Merritt and William MacEwan.

Aaron L. Gilbert will produce with Ratner, G. Marq Rosell and Abraham. James Packer, Ratner’s partner in RatPac, will exec producer.

Producers have obtained rights from Sony Atv for Williams’ songs, including “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and “Hey Good Lookin’.”

Williams was born in 1929 in Alabama and broke out in the post-World War II era with the song “Move It on Over.” He died at age 29 of heart failure after struggling with alcoholism.
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