A photo of Hank Williams (via Taste of Country)
Sony Pictures Classics has picked up worldwide distribution rights to Marc Abraham’s I Saw the Light.
Tom Hiddleston, perhaps most famous for his role as Loki in the Marvel Universe, leads the biopic as country singer Hank Williams. The singer had a breakthrough moment with “Move It on Over” following World War II, and also had hits with “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” and “Hey Good Lookin.'” Williams died of heart failure at the young age of 29, after struggling with spina bifida and addiction to alcohol and prescription pills.
Light director Abraham also wrote the script, based on Colin Escott’s biography. Emmy Award and two-time Tony Award winner Cherry Jones plays Lillie, Williams’ mother. Hiddleston’s Marvel castmate Elizabeth Olsen steps into the role of Audrey Mae Williams, Williams’ wife.
SPC has yet to announce release plans for Light. However, the nature of the film itself and the pedigree of the cast suggest that it may become an awards contender. More specifically, this could be Hiddleston’s best shot at an Oscar nomination to date; Jones and Olsen may contend for supporting actress bids. If there’s a song written specifically for Light, watch out for that, too.
SPC may also (or instead) seek Oscar glory for Marielle Heller’s The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Paul Weitz’s Grandma, Woody Allen’s Irrational Man, and James Kent’s Testament of Youth this year.
Deadline Hollywood reported the news of SPC’s acquisition.
Find out more about Hiddleston’s potential Oscar competition here.