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Marc Abraham wrote and will direct the film based on Colin Escott’s biography. The film will chronicle the life of country singer Williams, whose hits included “Move It on Over,” “Hey, Good Lookin’,” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” After his meteoric rise to fame, he struggled with alcohol and drug abuse in the later years of his all-too-brief career.
Hiddleston will play the music icon while Olsen plays his wife, Audrey Mae Williams. David Krumholtz, Josh Pais, James DuMont and Wrenn Schmidt also appear in the film.
Jones will play Williams’ mother, Lillie, while Whitford will take on the role of Fred Rose, a Nashville music publisher who helped guide Williams’ career and served as a close friend through some of the performer’s roughest times.
I Saw the Light is currently in production in Louisiana. RatPac’s Brett Ratner and Bron Studios’ Aaron L. Gilbert are producing alongside Abraham and G. Marq Roswell. James Packer of RatPac Entertainment and Jason Cloth of Creative Wealth Media Finance are executive producers, while Patty Long is the line producer/executive producer.
Jones won an Emmy for her role as the president in the hit television series 24 and is a five-time Tony Award nominee, winning best actress in a play for her Broadway roles in The Heiress and Doubt. She’s repped by WME.
Whitford is well known for his role on The West Wing and most recently appeared in Transparent. He’s repped by WME and Greenlight Management.
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