There’s finally an Audrey to Tom Hiddleston’s Hank.
Elizabeth Olsen has been cast as Audrey Williams, Hank Wiliams’ wife, in I Saw The Light, an upcoming biopic of the country music pioneer. Olsen will be starring alongside Hiddleston, who has already started prepping for the lead role in the film directed by Marc Abraham.
Olsen, the younger sister of twin Hollywood heavyweights Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, is also set to star in the Avengers: Age of Ultron next year. The 25-year-old actress has gained critical acclaim for her roles in movies such as Kill Your Darlings and Very Good Girls.
Audrey Williams served as the Alabama-born singer’s wife, manager, duet partner, and occasional member of Williams’ touring band throughout the couple’s tumultuous marriage. After her ex-husband’s death in 1951, Williams remained firmly entrenched in the music industry, running her own label and production company, and performing as a solo artist. However, she struggled to establish her own career as a singer, and eventually quit the music business in 1970. Like her ex-husband, Audrey Williams suffered from alcoholism. She died in 1975 at the age of 52.
I Saw The Light will begin filming next month in Louisiana, with Rodney Crowell serving as the film’s executive music producer. Fans of Williams can expect to hear much of the country music legend’s most beloved material, as the film’s producers have already obtained rights to songs like “Hey Good Lookin,'” “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.”
I Saw The Light is largely based the 1994 biography by Colin Escott. The film is set for release in 2015.