Lord have mercy, I may just have to go home sick with a fever. Sony Pictures Classics has released a swoon-worthy first clip from director Marc Abraham’s biopic I Saw the Light. The film chronicles the rise and fall of legendary country musician Hank Williams (Tom Hiddleston), who quickly shot to fame only to reach an untimely death at the age of 29. Elizabeth Olsen plays Williams’ wife, Audrey Sheppard, who was both his manager and duet partner. The two had a tumultuous marriage, worsened by Williams’ addictions to alcohol, morphine, and other painkillers he was prescribed for his spina bifida.
I Saw the Light debuts at the Toronto International Film Festival this week before arriving in theaters on November 27th. The film also stars Bradley Whitford, David Krumholtz, Maddie Hasson, and Cherry Jones. Check out the first clip below.
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Here’s the official I Saw the Light synopsis.
I SAW THE LIGHT, the story of the legendary country western singer Hank Williams, who in his brief life created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music. 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 and stars Tom 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.