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.
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.
During filming, there was clearly chemistry between Olsen and Hiddleston. This left many wondering if the couple were romantically involved off screen as well. However, as reported previously by the Inquisitr, Elizabeth flat out denied any intimate relationship with the I Saw The Light co-star. She has openly stated they are good friends, but that is it.
Despite the denial by the Avengers actress, the couple has been seen hanging out together off set and even having what some are calling a romantic dinner at the Wolseley in London. However, this hardly proves there is any romance going on.
Yet Elizabeth Olsen has kept herself busy, career-wise. In August, she completed filming Captain America: Civil War, the next film in the highly successful superhero franchise, which comes out in 3D and IMAX May 6. In this film, she portrays a telekinetic, mind-manipulating sorceress known as Scarlet Witch.
Meanwhile, Tom Hiddleston has been busy, as well. The British actor, who plays Loki in the Marvel movie universe, was spotted at the New York Premiere of the horror film Crimson Peak along with co-star Jessica Chastain.
I Saw The Light was premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it only received mixed reviews. Even though movie executives still hold hope the biopic has Oscar potential, the initial reaction to the screening has many saying it doesn’t have a chance.
Deadline recently reported that I Saw The Light with Elizabeth Olsen and Tom Hiddleston was originally scheduled to be released by Sony Pictures Classics on November 27, but has since been pushed back to the end of March 2016. It is unclear if the decision to move the release had anything to do with the lukewarm reaction at the film festival. There is also some speculation that the upcoming release of the new Star Wars film may have also contributed to the date change.
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