Elizabeth Olsen and Tom Hiddleston are co-stars of ‘I Saw the Light,’ a biopic on country star Hank Williams. Hiddleston plays the part of Williams and Olsen plays the part of his wife Audrey Sheppard. ‘I Saw the Light’ hits theaters on November 27, 2015.
Williams, who died at age 29, battled addictions to alcohol and morphine. He was born with spina bifida occulta, a spinal disorder, which caused him pain for 29 years. The title of the film is a gospel song written by Williams. It was sung after his death was first announced to the public on New Year’s Day in 1953.
“Tom Hiddleston gives an amazing performance, completely embodying the talent and spirit of Hank Williams, and Marc's script and direction are brilliant,” said producer Aaron L. Gilbert. “I am very pleased that the picture has found a home at Sony Pictures Classics where I know Marc and Tom will give it the attention and special handling it deserves."
The film will feature Williams’ hit singles, such as “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” and “Hey Good Lookin.’”
‘I Saw the Light’ stars Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams, Elizabeth Olsen as Audrey Sheppard Williams, Hank's wife, David Krumholtz as James Dolan, Bradley Whitford as Fred Rose, Maddie Hasson as Billie Jean, Cherry Jones as Lillie Skipper Williams, Josh Pais as Dore Schary, Wrenn Schmidt as Bobbie Jett, James DuMont as WB Nolan, Casey Bond as Jerry Rivers, Fred Parker Jr. as Faron Young, Michael Rinne as Lum York, Wes Langlois as Don Helms, and Von Lewis as Ray Price.
The film was directed by Marc Abraham and edited by Alan Heim. The producers of the film are Aaron L. Gilbert, Brett Ratner, G. Marq Rosewell, and Marc Abraham. The screenplay is by Marc Abraham. ‘I Saw the Light’ is based on Hank Williams: The Biography written by Colin Escott, George Merritt, and William MacEwen. The film features music by Aaron Zigman. Cinematography is by Dante Spinotti. The production companies behind the film are RatPac Entertainment, Bron Studios, and Millennium Entertainment. It was distributed by Sony Pictures Classics.