A tepid audience test screening may have prevented Elizabeth Olsen and Tom Hiddleston from starring together in Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, but it won’t be long before the acting duo will share the screen in earnest for Marc Abraham’s soon-to-be-released musical biopic, I Saw the Light.
It’s Hiddleston who will be playing the title role in the drama, stepping into the shoes of the late and legendary folk singer Hank Williams, and after flexing his husky vocal chords, we’re eager to see the actor tackle the tragic story of the brilliant artist. Olsen, meanwhile, is taking point to play Williams’ doting wife Audrey Mae, who becomes increasingly concerned of her spouse’s behaviour and health after he teeters on the edge of alcoholism.
Burning the candle at both ends, Williams’ burgeoning career came to an abrupt end at the age of 29, when the country singer passed away after heart failure. It’s a touching and tragic tale, lending Hiddleston and Olsen plenty of meaty material to work with. After starring in Godzilla and Age of Ultron within quick succession, the actress’ break from the blockbuster scene is overly welcome, and we’re hoping to see her channel a similar performance to her defining turn in Martha Marcy May Marlene.
Marc Abraham’s I Saw the Light is now barrelling down on its theatrical release date following a premiere at TIFF, with the film slated to open in select theaters come November 27.
I Saw the Light is 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. RatPac Entertainment’s Brett Ratner and Bron Studios’ Aaron L. Gilbert produced the film, with G. Marq Roswell and Abraham. James Packer of RatPac Entertainment and Jason Cloth of Creative Wealth Media Finance executive produced.