Thor and Avengers star Tom Hiddleston is set to fly to Shreveport, Louisiana, to play country music legend Hank Williams.
Hiddleston will not only mimic Williams’ deep southern accent, but will also give his music a go too. Famous for performing classics like I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry and Your Cheatin’ Heart, Williams is one of the most influential country musicians of all time, achieving 11 number ones singles in the Billboard Country and Western Best Sellers chart before his death aged just 29.
Millennium Studios announced yesterday that shooting for the biopic will take place in Shreveport between October and December. Once the capital of Louisiana (in 1863-65), this typical southern town is known by many for its tasty fruit pies, successful oil industry and big suburban mansions, built by wealthy businessmen in the 1920s and ’30s.
Written and directed by Hollywood producer Marc Abraham, I Saw the Light will follow the 1994 biography by Colin Escott, recounting Williams’ rise to fame and how pills and alcohol killed the musician at such a tragically early age.
The movie is set for release in 2015.