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Elizabeth Olsen will play Tom Hiddleston's wife in 'I Saw the Light'

Tom Hiddleston has been making the rounds to prove he can take on the legendary career of musician Hank Williams in I Saw the Light, and today it was announced he’ll be getting a little help from an Avenger.

Elizabeth Olsen will play Williams’ wife, Audrey Mae, in the film, which is set to release in 2015. Williams’ real wife, Audrey Sheppard, was a manager for the musician before the couple’s divorce. Their split was not the only issue plaguing Williams’ life, as he died at 29 from heart failure after battling alcoholism, prescription drug abuse and back problems.

I Saw the Light, written and directed by Marc Abraham, is named for Williams’ 1948 song of the same name and based on the 1994 book Hank Williams: The Biography. Over his life, Williams recorded 12 albums and had 11 number one hits, and his tumultuous personal life and professional success should provide plenty of ground for Hiddleston and Olsen to pull from.

Watch Tom Hiddleston cover Hank Williams onstage

Need proof that Tom Hiddleston has what it takes to take on Hank Williams? Look no further.  

The British actor, who is set to portray the country legend in the upcoming I Saw the Light biopic, surprised crowds when he took the stage at the Wheatland Music Festival in Michigan this weekend.

In addition to reportedly performing Williams’ first big hit, “Move It on Over,” in  fan-shot video, Hiddleston sings “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” with country star Rodney Crowell on guitar.

Hiddleston is spending time with Crowell to prep for his role as the successful but tortured Williams before I Saw the Light begins filming in Louisiana next month. Marc Abraham (Children of Men, Dawn of the Dead) will helm as director, screenwriter and producer. (Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment will also produce.)  Abraham tapped Crowell as music director for the film.

“It was spine-tingling just to spend a day playing some of Hank’s greatest hits … with such a gifted musician,” Hiddleston told The Daily Mail of working with Crowell. “He’s already expanded my vocal range and given me a few pointers about adapting my own tone to sound like Hank.”

I Saw the Light, which will be released in 2015, is based on country-music chronicler Colin Escott’s biography of the singer-songwriter. It will follow Williams’ now-legendary musical career and tragic personal life, including his battles with drugs, alcohol, and a spinal disorder. Williams died at age 29 of apparent heart failure on New Year’s Day in 1953.

First Look: Don Cheadle as Miles Davis in biopic 'Miles Ahead'

Actor Don Cheadle’s obsession with Miles Davis began as a child with the jazz trumpeter’s album Porgy and Bess, a beloved staple of his family’s music collection. Now, Cheadle will make his feature film directorial debut with a crowdfunded biopic on Davis that will focus on the musician’s transition into music after a five-year hiatus—otherwise known as his “silent period”—and tumultuous relationship with first wife Frances Taylor Davis. READ FULL STORY

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