Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and Nashville native Rodney Crowell has signed on to be executive music producer for a new biopic about Hank Williams titled I Saw The Light. The film, directed by Mark Abram (Dawn Of The Dead, Children Of Men), will star British actor Tom Hiddleston, best known as Loki in 2012’s The Avengers, as Hank Sr. Filming is set to begin in Louisiana this October.
In addition to Crowell, Carter Little, who worked with the Black Keys on The Man With The Iron Fists, will serve as music supervisor.
Hiddleston recently tweeted a picture of himself in costume as the legendary singer. He has already begun working with Crowell to master Williams’ signature vocal style.
“[Crowell] came down to visit me over the Easter weekend in Toronto where I was filming Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Pea and we jammed for a day or so,” Hiddleston said in an interview with the Daily Mail. “It was so exciting. … It was spine-tingling just to spend a day playing some of Hank’s greatest hits like “Hey Good Lookin’” and “Long Gone Lonesome Blues” with such a gifted musician. He’s already expanded my vocal range and given me a few pointers about adapting my own tone to sound like Hank. Rodney has furnished me with his beautiful J45 Gibson to practice with. And he’ll be on hand throughout the shoot.”
Crowell recently released his fourteenth studio album Tarpaper Sky, featuring a collaboration with American Songwriter Lyric Contest Winner Quentin Collier. Read our review here.
I Saw The Light is scheduled to be released in 2015.