Tom Hiddleston to Play Country Singer Hank Williams on Big Screen

Tom Hiddleston Hank Williams - H 2014
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Tom Hiddleston Hank Williams - H 2014

"The Adventurers" star is set to headline Marc Abraham's "I Saw the Light."

Setting aside his villainous persona as The Avengers’ Loki, Tom Hiddleston will play country western singer Hank Williams in Marc Abraham’s I Saw the Light, which will chronicle the performer’s rise to fame and fame’s ultimately tragic effects.

Abraham is directing from his screenplay based on Colin Escott’s biography. Aaron L. Gilbert will produce via his Bron Studios alongside Brett Ratner, G. Marq Roswell and Abraham. James Packer will executive produce for RatPac Entertainment.

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The Bron Studios/RatPac Entertainment production, in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance, is scheduled to begin production in Louisiana in October. Via Sony ATV, the production has secured rights to the Williams music catalogue including such 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, has appeared as Loki in Marvel’s Thor, The Avengers and Thor: The Dark World. Repped by Hamilton Hodell, WME, Authentic and Peikoff Mahan Law Office, he recently wrapped Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak for Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures and will soon start work on Ben Wheatley's High-Rise for producer Jeremy Thomas and Recorded Picture Company.