by Dave McNary
Sony Pictures Classics has given an awards-season release date of Nov. 27 for I Saw the Light, starring Tom Hiddleston in the story of iconic country-Western singer Hank Williams.
Written and directed by Marc Abraham, the movie is based on Colin Escott’s biography, with Elizabeth Olsen, Bradley Whitford, David Krumholtz and Cherry Jones also starring.
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 exec produced. Dante Spinotti is the cinematographer.
Williams was born in 1923 in Alabama and broke out in the post-World War II era with the song “Move It on Over.” Among his hits are “I Saw the Light,” “Lost Highway,” “Jambalaya (on the Bayou),” “Ramblin’ Man,” “You Win Again” and “Lovesick Blues.” He suffered from spina bifida and died at age 29 of heart failure.