Hank Williams will be the subject of a new biopic starring English actor Tom Hiddleston in the lead role. Written and directed by Marc Abraham, I Saw the Light will chronicle Williams’ rise to stardom and the effects of years of substance abuse that ended the performer’s life at age 29. The film is based on a biography by Colin Escott.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, I Saw the Light will begin production in Louisiana in October, and will include such influential hits as “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Hey Good Lookin'” and “Your Cheatin’ Heart.” Hiddleston, who will do his own singing in the film, is perhaps best known as Loki in the Marvel films Thor, the Avengers and Thor: The Dark World.
Hank Williams, often called the “Hillbilly Shakespeare” because of his heart-piercing lyrics and plaintive vocal style, died on January 1, 1953. A 1964 biopic, Your Cheatin’ Heart, featured George Hamilton in the lead, with Hank Williams Jr. providing the singing voice for the film’s soundtrack.