Although we’ve seen Tom Hiddleston tease his Hank Williams already, there hasn’t been any official photos released of the Thor actor as the country legend. Until now. Here’s your first look at Hank, whose the focus of the new narrative feature I Saw the Light, which shot in Shreveport, Louisiana last year.
The biopic is currently set to see the light of day on November 27, smack dab in the middle of awards season.
Tom Hiddleston, best known as Loki in Thor and Avengers, is set to play country music legend Hank Williams in the upcoming film I Saw the Light. And he is wasting no time getting into character.
Hiddleston made a surprise appearance at the Wheatland Music Festival in Michigan as he performed a few of Hank Williams’ best-known songs alongside his country-music coach Rodney Crowell. The surprise performance revealed that the English actor was quite a good singer with a very believable country twang.
Even with his great voice, there has been some controversy with country fans, given that Hiddleston is a British man playing an American icon from Alabama. Hank Williams III even agreed that an authentic southern actor should’ve played his grandfather. Nonetheless, Hiddleston has taken on this role wholeheartedly as he practices vocal and guitar daily with Crowell.
The film will follow the country singer’s rise to stardom from his first marriage in 1944 to his Grand Ole Opry debut in 1949. Sadly, the country icon passed away in 1953 at 29 due to heart failure from drug and alcohol use.
I Saw the Light begins shooting in Shreveport in October and is slated for release in 2015.