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He’s known best as Loki, the brother and cosmic nemesis of Chris Hemsworth’s Thor in the Marvel Universe.
But Tom Hiddleston is giving the Norse gods a rest, momentarily at least, as he’s set to star in the upcoming biopic film charting the life of legendary American country singer Hank Williams.
Sony Pictures Classics has released the first image from the film, titled after Williams’ iconic ballad I Saw The Light, and the 34-year-old actor bears an uncanny resemblance to the late musician.
He also wears a suit and tie – no horned helmet or other intergalactic Loki garb here.
With a sullen stare, Hiddleston mirrors classic images of the late musician from the early 1950s.
Born in England, Hiddleston may seem like an unexpected choice to play one of the pioneers of American music.
And the actor is expected to do his own singing in the film – belting out classic numbers like I’m So Lonely I Could Die and forging his best rendition of a good ‘ol boy from Alabama accent.
But it won’t be the first challenging role for Hiddleston as he’s taken on everything from a WWII commander in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse to a suicidal vampire in Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive.
In a fortunate twist of fate, Hiddleston will be joined in I Saw The Light by his current girlfriend Elizabeth Olsen.
Not only will they be starring together, but the 26-year-old actress will be playing Williams’ late wife, Audrey Mae.
Just last month the couple was spotted as they finished up dinner at London’s posh restaurant The Wolseley.
With wholesome melodies mixed with hard-livin’ lyrics, Hank Williams was like the not-so-far-off and often overlooked precursor to Johnny Cash.
The film follows the iconic American musician through his rise to fame and his tragic personal life, culminating in his untimely death alone on New Year’s Day 1953 from heart failure as a result of severe alcoholism. He was only 29.
I Saw The Light debuts in limited release on November 27 before going nationwide.
It’s never too early to semi-blindly predict the rest of the year’s critical darlings.
In Hollywood as in life, there’s no such thing as a sure thing. This past awards season saw splashy spectacles (The Great Gatsby), gutsy biopics (Diana), and seemingly slam-dunk awards bait (The Butler) blow into theaters with the torrent winds of great Oscar expectations and blow out with the faint gusts of disappointment. And then there were those that early on seemed like worthy nominees—Fruitvale Station, Inside Llewyn Davis—before being eclipsed by late, unexpected contenders.
All of which is to say, predicting Oscar nominees is hard. But it’s also fun. Even if the movies and actors that appear to be likely champions now turn out to be busts come next Awards season, looking ahead at the prestigious release schedule at least gives us a chance to get excited about the coming year filmgoing.
Twelve months before the 2013 Academy Awards, I called seven of the eventual nine Best Picture nominees, including the winner, Argo. A year before last Sunday’s ceremony, I correctly predicted… two of nine, Wolf of Wall Streetand Dallas Buyers’ Club (though I also gave honorable mentions to two other eventual nominees, Captain Phillips and 12 Years a Slave). Here’s a try at prophesying 2015. Gauging by buzz and on-paper credentials, which films seem to be the best bets for Academy Awards nominations next year? Below, the very,very early predictions.
Benedict Cumberbatch has been on the edge of awards contention for years, but he’s getting his starring turn, finally, in ‘The Imitation Game.’
The Imitation Game
Release Date: TBD
Benedict Cumberbatch has been on the edge of awards contention for years, playing small parts in major works like Atonement, War Horse, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and, this past year, 12 Years a Slave and August: Osage County. He’s getting his starring turn, finally, in The Imitation Game, and it’s a role as complex as Cumberbatch’s skills demand. He plays Alan Turing, a cryptographer in WWII who helped crack the Nazi code before being prosecuted for homosexuality. At best, expect one of those sweeping, character-driven war epics that the Academy can’t resist.
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