June 13, 2014
It's Official: 'Avengers' Tom Hiddleston To Play Hank Williams In Biopic Film 'I Saw The Light'

From cry-baby Norse god Loki to country music legend Hank Williams, Tom Hiddleston has chosen to expand his film repertoire by signing on to play the country crooner in the new biopic film. Although Hiddleston has been most recognized for his role as the brother of Thor, it seems it is time for him to stretch his singing chops in this new film.

It is reported that Tom Hiddleston will perform many of Hank Williams' hits himself during the film. Production starts in October and will take place in Louisiana. Marc Abraham is in charge of directing the biopic which will tell the story of the life of Hank Williams who suffered from health issues which led to drug and alcohol use. Tragically, Hank Williams died at the young age of 29 after leaving behind a legend and a family.

Fans of Hank Williams can look forward to seeing a big screen rendition of some of his greatest hits: "Your Cheatin' Heart", "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" and "Hey Good Lookin'," are set to be part of the film after the film's producers secured the rights to unearth the songs and Williams' entire catalog from Sony ATV. In the movie, Hiddleston will help to tell the story of the meteoric rise of Hank Williams and the unfortunate circumstances that cut his life short.

For those who are unfamiliar with Hank Williams' story, he had humble beginnings in Alabama and was born with spina bifida occulta which is a health disorder affecting the spinal column. Hank Williams' career took off after a string of events landed him in the spotlight as a teenager. During his career as a country music singer, Williams racked up 35 hit singles, several of which were released after his death.

Hiddleston, while best recognized for his role as Loki in the Marvel Comics Avengers series, has had a diverse background in acting. Hailing from England, Tom Hiddleston got his start in acting in 2001 in the TV movie The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby before making the jump to the big screen with movies like Thor, Midnight in Paris, and War Horse.

RatPac Entertainment, Bron Studios, and Creative Wealth Media Finance will fund the picture and the script is based on a biography written on Williams by Colin Escott. Check back to Inquisitr.com for further updates on this picture as it develops.