See Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams in First ‘I Saw the Light’ Promo Image
Hank Williams III may have his doubts about whether or not Tom Hiddleston can accurately portray his grandfather, Hank Williams, in I Saw the Light, the upcoming biopic about the legendary country artist, but a new promotional image released by Sony Pictures Classics proves that Hiddleston can certainly look a lot like Williams.
The promo photo of Hiddleston, which you can see in full below, mimics a famous shot of Williams from around 1945. Hiddleston's attire is slightly different -- and the photo itself is in color, versus in black and white -- but his face and expression will have you doing a double take.
“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.”
I Saw the Light is set for a Nov. 27 release. Directed by Marc Abraham, the movie is based on Colin Escott’s biography of Williams. In addition to Hiddleston, the biopic also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Bradley Whitford, Cherry Jones and Maddie Hasson. Rodney Crowell served as I Saw the Light‘s musical director and stands behind the filmmakers' choice of Hiddleston for the starring role.
“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.”
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