Many books have been written about him, and a film was done depicting the last ride of the legendary country music singer and poet. However, for the first time a biopic film will cover the life of the legendary Hank Williams. Today it was announced that Tom Hiddleston, star of "The Avengers," is set to play the role of Hank Williams and sing the songs of the pioneer of country music.
According to Variety.com, production is set to begin in Louisiana during the month of October. Marc Abraham will direct the script that is based on the book, "Hank Williams: The Biography" by Colin Escott.
Sony ATV has granted rights for Hank Williams' songs "Your Cheatin' Heart," "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," and "Hey Good Lookin'," among others.
Born in 1923 in Alabama, Hank Williams was known for his songs of heartache, as well as songs of salvation. The simplicity of his lyrics would become known for decades as many others would try to recreate that sound. However, no one could imitate the one that lived through the songs that he sang quite like Hank Williams.
Some of the songs that would each earn their place in the country music history books would be "Jambalaya," "I Saw the Light," "Lovesick Blues," "Hey Good Lookin'," "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," and more.
Unfortunately the music stopped on New Year's Day in 1953 when Hank Williams passed away at the young age of 29 years old. His legacy would live on not only in his children, Hank Williams, Jr. and Jett Williams, but in his grandchildren, Shelton Hank Williams, III, simply known as Hank 3, Holly Williams, and Hillary Williams. His grandson, Hank 3, would be regarded as the striking resemblance of Hank Williams not only in his looks, but his sound. (Read our recent interview with Hank 3 here.)
The interesting tale of trials and tribulations, as well as jubilee in the soul and sound of Hank Williams shall be revealed with the biopic. Hopefully it will be with reverence and taste and not the full "Hollywood treatment" to portray the history in music with the story of Hank Williams.