Elizabeth Olsen Joins Tom Hiddleston in I SAW THE LIGHT; Morgan Freeman Set for BEN-HUR Remake

     September 12, 2014

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Tom Hiddleston is getting some company in the upcoming Hank Williams biopic.  Deadline reports that Elizabeth Olsen has joined the cast of I Saw the Light, which sees Hiddleston taking on the life of the legendary country music star who gained notoriety for classics like “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” before dying of heart failure at the age of 29.  Olsen will be playing Williams’ wife Audrey Mae, who split from her husband after seven years of marriage due to Williams’ alcohol, morphine, and painkiller addictions.  Their relationship was a turbulent one to say the least, and I imagine Olsen will be a swell fit alongside Hiddleston in the film.  Marc Abraham is directing, and Hiddleston will be doing all of his own singing.

Hit the jump for some big casting news concerning the upcoming Ben-Hur remake.

Additionally, Deadline reports that Morgan Freeman has signed on to star in director Timur Bekmambetov’s (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) Biblical epic Ben-Hur.  Freeman is the first actor to officially sign on to the project, and he will play Ildarin, the man who teaches the slave Ben-Hur to become a champion chariot racer.  The film will hew closer to Lew Wallace’s original novel than the 1959 William Wyler movie, injecting more of a Biblical influence into the picture.  Indeed, The Bible producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are producing the co-production between MGM and Paramount.

The lead role has yet to be cast.  We previously heard that Tom Hiddleston was the top choice for the role, but it’s still unclear if he will take the part.  Production is gearing up to begin in Europe early next year in anticipation of a February 26, 2016 release date, so expect to hear firm word on the lead role before the holiday break in December.

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