Tom Hiddleston is trading his horned helmet for a cowboy hat. The actor who played Loki in the Thor films and The Avengers has been cast in the role of legendary country singer Hank Williams in the biopic I Saw the Light.
The film is based on Hank Williams: The Biography, written by Colin Escott, George Merritt, and William MacEwen. The book is considered by many as the definitive chronicle of the country artist, who died in 1953 at the age of 29. Williams wrote and recorded some of the most notable songs in country music history. Besides “I Saw the Light,” Williams hits include “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Hey, Good Lookin’,” and “Lovesick Blues.”
Hiddleston will sing in the film, following in the footsteps of Joaquin Phoenix, who portrayed Johnny Cash in Walk the Line.
Directing Hiddleston on I Saw the Light is Marc Abraham, who produced this year’s Robocop reboot. His more notable films as a producer or executive producer include The Commitments, Air Force One, Children of Men, and the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead. His one directing credit is 2008’s Flash of Genius.