'Thor' Actor Tom Hiddleston to Play Hank Williams in Biopic
Published Jun 13, 2014The late Hank Williams is remembered as one of country music's most legendary figures, and soon he will receive his own biopic. English actor Tom Hiddleston — who is known for playing Loki in Thor and The Avengers — has has been cast for the lead role.
As Deadline reports, the film is called I Saw the Light, and it's being directed by Marc Abraham, who wrote the screenplay based on Colin Escott's 1994 book Hank Williams: The Biography.
Production is slated to begin in Louisiana this fall. The filmmakers have also secured the rights to use Williams' music catalogue.
I Saw the Light will reportedly trace Williams' short, tumultuous life. Born in 1923 in Alabama, he rose to fame with hits like "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" and "Your Cheatin' Heart." His health deteriorated due to alcoholism and addiction to pain medications, and he ultimately died of heart failure at the age of 29.
Williams has been remembered with films before, include a 2011 flick called The Last Ride.