See a Sneak Peek of Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams in Upcoming Biopic [Watch]
The first official clip of the upcoming Hank Williams biopic, I Saw the Light, has been released, and we finally get a glimpse of British actor Tom Hiddleston doing his best at playing the late, great Williams.
This footage shows Williams in the studio with his Drifting Cowboys as they are recording what would become his first major hit, "Move It on Over," at Nashville's Castle Studio in 1947.
Beyond the studio, we also get a quick look at Williams in his home watching over his then-wife, Audrey, played by Elizabeth Olsen, from the window as she instructs handymen outside.
Hiddleston is best known for his role in the Avengers films as Loki, Thor's archenemy. This week marks one year since he surprised fans onstage at Michigan's Wheatland Music Festival and played the same song we see in this clip, as well as "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry." Alongside him playing guitar for the crowd was the film's musical director, Rodney Crowell.
I Saw the Light is written and directed by Marc Abraham. It tells the story of Williams' journey to fame, as well as documenting his battle with drug abuse and how much it affected his life before the country legend's untimely death on New Year's Day in 1953 from heart failure. He was only 29 years old.
The film is based on the 1994 biography on Williams' life written by Colin Escott, George Merritt and William MacEwen. Also starring in the biopic are Bradley Whitford as music publisher and songwriter Fred Rose, Davis Krumholz as New York journalist James Dolan and Cherry Jones as Williams' mother, Lillie Skipper.
I Saw the Light is slated to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend before it opens across the country on Nov. 27.
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