See Newly Released ‘I Saw the Light’ Movie Stills [Exclusive Photos]
I Saw the Light, the new biopic chronicling Hank Williams' life, isn't coming out until Nov. 27, but Sony Pictures Classics has released new stills from the film -- and they're being revealed exclusively on The Boot.
The movie -- which is based on Colin Escott's biography of Williams and chronicles the country legend's quick rise to fame as well as the tragic effect it had on his health and personal life -- stars Tom Hiddleston as Williams, as well as Elizabeth Olsen as Audrey Williams (his first wife); Cherry Jones as Lillie Skipper Williams (his mother); Bradley Whitford as Fred Rose (a songwriter and frequent collaborator); Maddie Hasson as Billie Jean Horton (his second wife); and Wren Schmidt as Bobbie Jett (a girlfriend and the mother of his daughter, Jett Williams). In the stills, Williams is shown with both his first wife, Audrey, and his second, Billie Jean, as well as in individual shots.
"Hank’s life has a tragic arc, but in simple truth, he was a genius: a star that burned twice as bright and lived half as long," Hiddleston says. "It’s a huge role for me and a huge responsibility. I’m going to give it everything I’ve got.”
The first clip from I Saw the Light was released in mid-September and showed off Hiddleston's stellar singing abilities. The casting of the 34-year-old British actor in the movie's lead role has been contested by some -- namely, Williams' grandson, Hank Williams III -- but Rodney Crowell, who served as the film's musical director, has high praise for Hiddleston’s portrayal of Williams.
“I’m as respectful of the man’s work ethic as I’m mystified by his transformational skills,” Crowell says of Hiddleston. “Without a doubt, the filmmakers chose the right actor for the job.”
I Saw the Light is based on Colin Escott's biography of the country legend. It was written and directed by Marc Abraham, and produced by Abraham, Brett Ratner, Aaron L. Gilbert and G. Marq Roswell. James Packer and Jason Cloth served as executive producers, and Dante Spinotti was the cinematographer.