Hank Williams biopic casts Tom Hiddleston as the country singer

'I Saw the Light' will begin shooting this autumn in Louisiana

A forthcoming biopic of country music star Hank Williams has cast The Avengers actor Tom Hiddleston as the singer.

Hiddleston will play Williams in I Saw the Light, which looks at the star’s life and early death at age 29 in 1953. The film will be directed by Marc Abraham and start shooting in Louisiana this October, reports Billboard. Hiddleston will do all his own singing in the film and production has reportedly secured the rights to Williams back catalogue, so the film will feature a host of the late musician’s hits.

In 2011 Jack White and Bob Dylan were among the stars to contribute to collection of recordings of songs by Hank Williams. ‘The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams’ bought together a host of never-before-heard songs from the songwriter. The 12 songs on the album were based upon notes made by Williams which were found after his death in a leather briefcase which belonged to him.

Those unfinished lyrics and ideas were turned into full songs by 13 contemporary artists, including Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow and Bob Dylan‘s son Jakob. The album was original conceived as a Dylan solo project, but Dylan Senior only sang one song on the collection.