Sony Pictures Classics has released the first look photo of Tom Hiddleston as celebrated country music singer Hank Williams in the upcoming biopic I Saw the Light. With the debut of this photo, the first movie trailer could be just around the corner, so be sure to stay tuned for that. When Tom Hiddleston signed on to star last year, the producers also secured the rights to Hank Williams entire music library for use in the film.
I Saw the Light tells the story of the legendary country western singer Hank Williams, who in his brief life created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music. The film chronicles his meteoric rise to fame and its ultimately tragic effect on his health and personal life. The singer, whose hits songs include "Your Cheatin' Heart", "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" and "Hey Good Lookin," passed away at the age of 29 from heart failure on January 1, 1953.
Written and directed by Marc Abraham, I Saw the Light is based on Colin Escott's award-winning biography and stars Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Bradley Whitford, David Krumholtz and Cherry Jones. RatPac Entertainment's Brett Ratner and Bron Studios' Aaron L. Gilbert produced the film, with G. Marq Roswell and Marc Abraham. James Packer of RatPac Entertainment and Jason Cloth of Creative Wealth Media Finance executive produced. Notable director of photography Dante Spinotti was the cinematographer for the film.
I Saw the Light will debut in limited release on November 27, with a nationwide expansion set in the weeks that follow. Also opening on November 25, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, is MGM's Creed, Pixar's The Good Dinosaur and 20th Century Fox's Victor Frankenstein. If I Saw the Light scores an impressive limited release debut at the box office, and manages to impress critics, it could situate itself as an Oscar contender to keep an eye on.
It was also reported, when Tom Hiddleston signed on to star, that he would be singing these country-western classic songs himself. We'll have to wait for the first trailer's debut to see how the actor's singing voice holds up, but are you looking forward to this musical biopic? Let us know what you think after checking out this new photo from I Saw the Light.