VARIETY — Sony Pictures Classics has moved its Hank Williams biopic “I Saw the Light,” starring Tom Hiddleston, out of awards season from Nov. 28 to March 25, 2016.
Hiddleston and co-star Elizabeth Olsen had received strong reviews when the film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September.
But Sony Classics execs decided against a late November release due to Hiddleston’s lack of availability to promote the movie due to his commitment to shoot “Kong: Skull Island.”
“I Saw the Light” will now open against Warner Bros.’ “Batman V. Superman,” Universal’s “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” and Fox’s “Keeping Up With The Joneses.”
Written and directed by Marc Abraham, the movie is based on Colin Escott’s biography, with Bradley Whitford, David Krumholtz and Cherry Jones also starring. RatPac Entertainment’s Brett Ratner and Bron Studios’ Aaron L. Gilbert produced the film, while G. Marq Roswell and Abraham. James Packer of RatPac Entertainment and Jason Cloth of Creative Wealth Media Finance exec produced.
Williams was born in 1923 in Alabama and broke out in the post-World War II era with the song “Move It on Over.” Among his hits are “I Saw the Light,” “Lost Highway,” “Jambalaya (on the Bayou),” “Ramblin’ Man,” “You Win Again” and “Lovesick Blues.” He suffered from spina bifida and died at age 29 of heart failure.
The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.
Yesterday, Maddie and Marc Abraham (director) attended the premiere of I Saw the Light at the Calgary International Film Festival. I have added 24 pictures to the gallery!
CALGARYHERALD.COM — […] Hasson, who grew up in the south, in North Carolina, was the sole cast member to attend the Calgary premiere.
The 20-year-old actress expressed admiration for Billie Jean, Williams’ second wife, who met him when she was 19, having already been married, had a child and gotten divorced.
“She meets Hank when he’s playing at the (Grand Old) Opry,” she says. “He sees her out of the corner of his eye, she’s sitting in one of the box seats, and he says, that’s the girl. I’m gonna marry her.
The movie, she said, was not unlike a country and western song.
“(It’s) the epitome of a country and western song,” she said. “He had a lot of sweet, fun amazing times and a lot of bluesy times — the highs and the lows and the in betweens.” […]