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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, »
- Scott Davis
First they took our American superheroes, and now they're after our country music legends, too? British thesp Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) is set to play American music icon Hank Williams in the biopic I Saw The Light. The film will be directed by Marc Abraham (Flash of Genius), and will be based on Colin Escott's "Hank Williams: The Biography."
Hiddleston is best known for his work as Loki in the Marvel movies, but has also had diverse roles in films like War Horse, and Midnight in Paris directed by Steven Spielberg and Woody Allen, respectively. The actor has all ready taken to twitter to give us our first official glimpse of him as Williams- the singer-songwriter responsible for classics such as "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Hey, Good Lookin'," and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry."
I Saw The Light. pic.twitter.com/LBSiP5tBVb
— Tom Hiddleston (@twhiddleston) June 13, 2014
- Mario-Francisco Robles
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, »
- Ethan Anderton
He’s best known as a Marvel Norse god. Now Tom Hiddleston is about to swap Valhalla for Louisiana as country and western singer Hank Williams. Adding to this surprise development, Hiddleston will also take the mic to warble along to such hits as Your Cheatin’ Heart and Hey Good Lookin’. Movie stars have risen to this challenge before, with Joaquin Phoenix and Jeff Bridges growling out the standards in Walk The Line and Crazy Heart, but it’s safe to say this is a significant departure for the Eton-educated actor.
Chronicling the customary mix of fame, heartbreak and ultimately tragedy that any biopic demands, I Saw The Light is based on the book by Colin Escott. Set to shoot in October, it’s written and directed by Marc Abraham (Flash Of Genius) and part-produced by Brett Ratner (Hercules). Hiddleston is currently filming as the decidedly-English sounding Sir Thomas Sharpe »
- Steve Palace
Best known for his reptilian portrayal of Loki in The Avengers and the Thor movies, as well as for uncanny impressions of some of his co-stars like Chris Evans and Owen Wilson, Tom Hiddleston is about to go the biopic route. The London native is attached to star as country and western icon Hank Williams in I Saw the Light, for heavyweight Hollywood producer Marc Abraham.
Hiddleston certainly looks the part, and plans to do all of his own singing for the role as well. So fans of the actor and his real-life counterpart should be ready to swoon during renditions of “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” That said, hopefully the genre’s most devout fans are fine that a British actor is taking the helm of an American songbird.
I Saw the Light will tell the story of the rise of the Hall of Fame musician, »
- Jordan Adler
Tom Hiddleston is on tap to play one of the greatest American music icons, Hank Williams. Named for one of Williams' best known songs, "I Saw the Light" will see the British actor trying on a deep South accent and tackling tunes from the Williams songbook. The British actor has risen to fame in recent years for his delicious turn as Loki in the "Thor" films, for dancing on command, and co-starring as a storied and tortured musician in one of 2014's best films "Only Lovers Left Alive." Williams, on the other hand, rose to fame in his teens and died at 29 of complications due to his raging alcoholism and drug abuse, leave behind a rep of at least three dozen country, blues and gospel originals and renditions one could easily qualify as stone-cold classics. The singer/songwriter's fabled death alone could fill volumes (or at least a 90-minute film »
• Tom Hiddleston will star (and sing) as Hank Williams in an upcoming biopic about the country legend. I Saw The Light will be directed by Marc Abraham (Flash of Genius), who adapted the script from Colin Escott’s biography of Williams. Quite different than his role in The Avengers, Hiddleston will sing from the entire Williams catalog, with songs like “Hey, Good Lookin’,” after the rights were secured through a deal with Sony Atv. The film will follow Williams’ rise to fame before dying of heart failure at age 29. [Deadline]
- Jake Perlman
Tumblr accounts, assemble! After shining as Loki in Thor and The Avengers as well as more dramatic roles like The Hollow Crown, Only Lovers Left Alive, and Midnight in Paris, actor Tom Hiddleston is lining up a fascinating new project: the story of country music icon Hank Williams. That’s right, London-native Hiddleston has been tapped to play the country legend in the biopic I Saw the Light, which will be directed by Marc Abraham (Flash of Genius). Moreover, the actor plans to do all of his own singing. Hit the jump for more. [Update: Hiddleston has now shared an image of himself as Williams, which is included after the jump.] Hiddleston celebrated the news by sharing the following image on Twitter. Our original story follows: I Saw The Light. pic.twitter.com/LBSiP5tBVb— Tom Hiddleston (@twhiddleston) June 13, 2014 It was announced today that Tom Hiddleston is set to star as Hank Williams in I Saw the Light, which is based on the biography of Williams by author Colin Escott. »
- Adam Chitwood
Greg Kinnear is the perfect actor to star in Heaven is for Real, an adaptation of the nonfiction best-seller of the same name. The guy from Flash of Genius and Little Miss Sunshine is the one you want for another character struggling in life and trying to convince people of something. He has sad eyes but a charming smile. And in movies like this, no matter how you feel about the message at its core, you’ll like the person he’s playing and want him to succeed. If Tucker: The Man and His Dream or Field of Dreams were remade today, Kinnear would be a great choice to play either’s protagonist. Heaven is for Real is actually quite reminiscent of the latter. It’s set in the Midwest farmlands and deals with a man about to lose everything, it involves a father/son relationship and, most importantly, it involves the afterlife. Yet »
- Christopher Campbell
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