Sony Pictures Classics has acquired worldwide rights for the Hank Williams biopic “I Saw the Light,” starring Tom Hiddleston, the studio announced Thursday.
Hiddleston plays Williams, a legendary country western singer who created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music in his brief career. The film chronicles his meteoric rise to fame and its ultimately tragic effect on his health and personal life.
Written and directed by Marc Abraham, “I Saw the Light” is based on Colin Escott’s award-winning biography of the singer and stars Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Bradley Whitford, David Krumholtz and Cherry Jones.
RatPac Entertainment’s Brett Ratner and Bron Studios’ Aaron L. Gilbert produced the film, with G. Marq Roswell and Abraham. James Packer of RatPac Entertainment and Jason Cloth of Creative Wealth Media Finance executive produced. Notable director of photography Dante Spinotti was the cinematographer for the film.
“All of us at RatPac Entertainment are thrilled that Sony Pictures Classics is distributing ‘I Saw the Light,’ as Michael and Tom are unparalleled in their marketing and distribution expertise,” Rater said. “This film is a perfect fit, especially given their passion for country music, and we could not be in better hands.”
Hiddleston is most famous for playing Loki in the “Thor” series and “The Avengers,” a role he will reprise in the upcoming “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” He will next appear in Guillermo del Toro‘s “Crimson Peak.”
“I Saw the Light” does not currently have a U.S. release date.