Hiddleston (left) set to play Williams (right) in upcoming film

Tom Hiddleston has made a name for himself as the mischievous, yet beloved villainous Loki from the Marvel movies (The Avengers, Thor). Yet he’s about to don a completely different persona as he steps into the role of country music legend Hank Williams in a new film.

Deadline reports that the British actor has been cast in the leading role of the upcoming biopic I Saw the Light. The film will chronicle Williams’ dramatic rise to fame, and the price of that fame will be his personal life. The country star, having died at age 29 of heart failure, already gives a view into this film showing that it’s not exactly going to be a happy ending, but definitely worth the ride.

Mark Abraham (Flash of Genius) is directing the project from the script based on Colin Escott’s biography of Williams. According to the Hollywood Reporter, production will begin in Louisiana in October, and it will include influential hits such as “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”, “Hey Good Lookin”, and “Your Cheatin’ Heart”. Hiddleston will also be doing his own singing for the film.

Though Hiddleston has not shown this type of character before, or much of his singing, his versatility of moving from playing Loki to acting in very different roles such as Midnight in Paris and War Horse should prove extremely helpful to him in this upcoming task.

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