The release date for the Hank Williams biopic I Saw The Light may have been pushed back from November 27th to March 25th, 2016, but at least we finally have a proper trailer for the once highly-anticipated movie. Most of the high hopes that the film could create a resurgence in interest in the life of Hank Williams and possibly in traditional country music in general, and may even walk away with some Oscar nominations for the star Tom Hiddleston, have been mostly dashed after the film was ripped in early reviews. Sony pushing the release back to the notorious part of the year when films they expect to flop are released isn’t a good sign either. Everything is pointing to I Saw The Light being a dud, but the public has yet to be given an opportunity to judge the film for themselves.
Sony’s official reason for pushing the film back is it would give Tom Hiddleston the opportunity to promote it. A previous obligation to work on another film was keeping the British-born actor from making the rounds on the talk show circuit ahead of the original release date. However Hiddleston and the rest of the primary cast did show up for a red carpet event in Nashville on October 17th.
I Saw The Light is directed by Marc Abraham, produced by RatPac Entertainment, and is being distributed by Sony Pictures Classics. It was filmed in October of 2014 in Shreveport, Louisiana. The film also stars Elizabeth Olsen as Audrey (Sheppard) Williams, Bradley Whitford as Fred Rose, Maddie Hasson as love interest Billie Jean, Cherry Jones as Hank’s mother, and Wrenn Schmidt as Bobbie Jett.