As we reported earlier, Tom Hiddleston (Thor, Avengers) will be lending his monster acting and, now, singing talents to the upcoming film, I Saw The Light. While Hiddleston is no stranger to belting out tunes, his role as the ‘King of the Hillbillies’ may be a bit of a challenge as he will not only have to bring with him a believable Alabama accent, but delve into the personal life of the star who, in his short 29 years of life, gained worldwide recognition for his “pivotal role in transforming country music into a major musical and cultural force” and ended by being enshrined in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
In preparation for his upcoming role, Hiddleston took to the stage this past weekend at the Wheatland Music Festival to sing “Move It On Over”, Williams’ first major country hit in 1947. A tip of the hat to kzookev for the video from the crowd.
One of the major country music stars of the late 1940s and early 1950s, with eight No 1 country singles to his name, Williams died on New Year’s Day in 1953, a victim of his alcoholism and drug abuse. Based on the Colin Escott biography of Hank’s life, I Saw the Light is due to start filming in Louisiana next month. Don’t know about you but I can’t wait to hear Tom sing “Your Cheatin’ Heart”, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and “Hey Good Lookin’”!