Elizabeth Olsen And Tom Hiddleston Get Married In ‘I Saw The Light’

Elizabeth Olsen and Tom Hiddleston are starring together in a new movie based on the life and early death of country western legend, Hank Williams. Known mostly for their comic book character roles, this time the two superstars have gone country in I Saw The Light.

According to a report by the Daily Mail, Olsen and Hiddleston are playing husband and wife in the new biopic, I Saw The Light. Hiddleston is portraying Hank Williams, while Olsen will play Hank’s wife and manager, Audrey Mae Williams.

The film starts with Hank marrying Audrey, who subsequently encourages him to pursue his dream of becoming a star at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. At first, Williams has a tough time convincing showbiz executives he was star material. Yet, with the increasing popularity of songs like “Move It On Over” and “Lovesick Blues,” Williams could no longer be ignored.

He ultimately reaches the fame he was seeking, but his excessive drinking and womanizing cost him his marriage and any chance at a stable life. Having suffered from spina bifida, Williams used alcohol and morphine to manage his personal and physical pain, which allegedly contributed to his sudden and untimely death.

Hank Williams film directed by Marc Abraham
Director Marc Abraham with Actors Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen. Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Sony Pictures Classics.

I Saw The Light is based on the book Hank Williams: The Biography by Colin Escott, George Merritt, and Bill MacEwen. Just like the book, the film chronicles the rise and fall of Williams as he churned out hit after hit, including “Hey, Good Looking” and “Rambling Man,” before tragically dying at age 29.

I Saw The Light is named after the Hank Williams’ song by the same name. The film adaptation was written, directed, and produced Marc Abraham, who began the film project in 2009. Abraham also produced Children of Men, as well as writing and directing 2007’s Flash of Genius.

By all accounts, 26-year-old Elizabeth Olsen played the perfect Audrey Williams and is a picture-perfect match for Hiddleston on screen. Olsen’s outstanding portrayal of Audrey shows her obvious angst and impatience with the country legend’s drinking problem and consistent infidelity.

Hiddleston, 34, played an exceptional Hank Williams, as well. Using his tall and wiry frame, the actor was able to uniquely capture both the physical fragility and characteristic charisma of the real-life Williams.

In a recent interview, Olsen went more in detail about her role as Audrey Williams in I Saw The Light.