Tom Hiddleston to Play Hank Williams in "I Saw the Light"; Rodney Crowell to Oversee Music

by Music-News.com Newsdesk

Elizabeth Olsen has joined Tom Hiddleston in I Saw the Light, 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. Olsen, who burst on the scene with Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene, will play Williams wife, Audrey Mae. She has recently completed filming Avengers: Age of Ultron and was seen in this summer's blockbuster Godzilla. Other credits include Oldboy. Red Lights and the independent hit Kill Your Darlings. Olsen is represented by the Gersh Agency and Brillstein Entertainment and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern, LLP.

I Saw the Light will be directed by Marc Abraham from his screenplay which chronicles William's meteoric rise to fame and its ultimately tragic effect on his health and personal life. It is based on Colin Escott's award winning biography.

A RatPac Entertainment/Bron Studios production, in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance, I Saw the Light will begin production in Louisiana in October 2014. RatPac's Brett Ratner and Bron Studios Aaron L. Gilbert will produce alongside G. Marq Roswell and Mark Abraham. James Packer will executive produce for RatPac Entertainment. Patty Long is the line producer/executive producer.

A top behind-the-scenes team has been assembled including Grammy-winning troubadour Rodney Crowell, who will serve as executive music producer. Crowell's timeless songs have been covered and performed by an elite list of musical luminaries such as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, George Strait, Bob Seger and many others. His multifaceted career as a producer, singer, songwriter and critically acclaimed author spans 40 years.

Oscar nominee Dante Spinotti (L.A. Confidential, Heat, Insider) will serve as director of photography. The production will be designed by Oscar nominee Merideth Boswell (Apollo 13). The casting director is Denise Chamian (Transformers: Age of Extinction). Lahly Poore (The Homesman) is the costume designer. Carter Little will serve as music supervisor.

Abraham previously directed Flash of Genius, starring Greg Kinnear. He is also well known as the producer of such titles as Children of Man, Dawn of the Dead, Spygame and many others.

Bron is currently in production on the feature film Meadowland, a psychological thriller starring Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, Elizabeth Moss, June Temple and others; and on the animated feature film Henchmen, in partnership with Gary Sanchez Productions. The Bron Studios/Gary Sanchez production Welcome to Me, starring Kristen Wiig, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.



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