Tom Hiddleston stars as Hank Williams in first trailer for ‘I Saw The Light’ – watch

Williams' grandson has suggested the British 'Thor' actor isn't right to play the country music icon

The first trailer for I Saw The Light, the upcoming biopic of country music icon Hank Williams, has been released.

Tom Hiddleston plays the late singer-songwriter who died on January 1, 1953 from heart failure exacerbated by drug and alcohol abuse. The British actor, known for his role as Loki in the Thor films, sings several of Williams’ classic songs in the film, but his casting has been criticised by the singer’s grandson, Hank Williams III.

Last year, Hank Williams III wrote on Facebook: “To do a Hank Williams movie the way it should be done you need certain aspects in the mix to make right. It goes way beyond having an American to play the role of Hiram Hank Williams, Sr. for it to be somewhat natural. It needs to be an American from the South who has eat, lived and breathed these kind of roles before to make [a] more respectable movie on Hank Sr.”

Elizabeth Olsen co-stars as the singer’s wife, manager and duet partner Audrey Sheppard Williams, while the film’s supporting cast includes Cherry Jones, Bradley Whitford and Bradley Whitford.

Marc Abraham, best known as co-producer of 1991’s The Commitments, writes and directs the film, which is based on the book Hank Williams: The Biography by Colin Escott, George Merritt and William MacEwen. I Saw The Light opens in cinemas on March 25 next year.