Billy Bob Thornton unveils Willie Nelson film at SXSW

'The King Of Luck' features interviews with Nelson and thos close to him

The King of Luck, a new documentary about Willie Nelson, received its world premiere last night (March 19) at the South By Southwest festival.

The film was introduced at the Paramount Theatre in Austin by its director, Billy Bob Thornton, who is a close friend of country music legend Nelson.

“We wanted to show why people love Willie as much as they do,” said Thornton of the black and white film.

The film features interviews with Nelson‘s family, crew and band. Singer Kris Kristofferson also features, as do actors Owen and Luke Wilson, Woody Harrelson and Nelson himself.

It also features archive footage of Nelson performing. “I actually am a time traveller and went back to 1967 and shot the stuff,” joked Thornton.

He added: “This move is not about who directed it. This is us hanging out with Willie like we were doing already. You’re not going to see anything fancy, this is a very simple, loving tribute.”

He also earned laughs by declaring: “This is the first time I’ve been to Austin and not been shitfaced.”

The team behind The King of Luck are currently looking for distribution funding.