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Tom Hiddleston, who’s currently tuning up to croon as Hank Williams in I Saw the Light, will star in Legendary’s big-budget King-Kong spin-off (of sorts), titled Skull Island. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) will direct a script written by Max Borenstein (Godzilla) that explores the mysterious island that was the home of Kong and other terrifying prehistoric creatures. “Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions,” said the company, in a statement. “Universal Pictures will distribute the film on Nov. 4, 2016.”
At Comic-Con in July, Legendary’s Thomas Tull had announced plans for Skull Island, and Attack the Block‘s Joe Cornish was rumored to be the frontrunner to direct. A Skull Island movie, penned by Godzilla‘s scribe, could further speculation that Legendary is planning a Godzilla/Kong crossover at some point.
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.
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.
Casting Net: Tom Hiddleston to play country legend Hank Williams; Plus, Demi Moore, Rebel Wilson, more
• Tom Hiddleston will star (and sing) as Hank Williams in an upcoming biopic about the country legend. I Saw The Light will be directed by Marc Abraham (Flash of Genius), who adapted the script from Colin Escott’s biography of Williams. Quite different than his role in The Avengers, Hiddleston will sing from the entire Williams catalog, with songs like “Hey, Good Lookin’,” after the rights were secured through a deal with Sony ATV. The film will follow Williams’ rise to fame before dying of heart failure at age 29. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY
• Tom Hiddleston (Thor: The Dark World) is attached to star in High-Rise, an adaptation of J.G. Ballard‘s 1975 novel about a luxury residential unit. Hiddleston would play Robert Laing, a doctor who loves the idea of the tower, becomes obsessed with the architect, and gets embroiled in the complex mess surrounding the building. In the book, the building isolates the residents from the outside world and societal niceties soon devolve as residents segregate themselves by class and eventually regress to a primitive hunter/gatherer culture. Ben Wheatley (Doctor Who) is set to direct. [Variety]
Who’s the fairest fairy of them all?
In Disneytoon Studios newest Tinkerbell vehicle, The Pirate Fairy, the airborne ladies of Pixie Hollow must retrieve their stolen pixie dust, if they ever want to fly again. The dastardly culprit? Zarina, a fairy with an odd hairdo (voiced by Christina Hendricks). Leading the Pixie Hollow fairies is Tinkerbell (Mae Whitman), who is determined to restore her town’s flying abilities, but finds trouble when her fairy crew encounters some raucous pirates. One of those pirate voices may sound charmingly familiar — Tom Hiddleston voices the boy who would become Captain James Hook.
Watch the trailer below:
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There’s a lot of bastards out there.
Villains, tyrants, and troublemakers have become so critical to big-budget films that they’re beginning to upstage the heroes — in some cases seizing the title roles, as in next year’s Sleeping Beauty remake Maleficent, and the upcoming Marvel films Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron, among others.
Thor: The Dark World, which opens today, could easily be subtitled Loki Strikes Back.
In his third round as the God of Mischief, Tom Hiddleston not only steals Thor sequel, but practically sets it on fire and collects all the insurance money. Hiddleston spoke with EW about the state of cinematic villainy — why we love bad guys, why these villains are bigger than ever, and whether he believes himself to be evil at heart… READ FULL STORY
Before Marvel’s conquest of pop-culture became a fait accompli, the first Thor movie had the feel of a bridge too far. Sure, movie audiences had lined up around the block for Iron Man, but two Hulk movies had failed to smash, and Thor — a Norse god in the comics who wielded a flying hammer — seemed like the most inaccessible hero of the bunch of Avengers. But then director Kenneth Branagh’s “momentous and lighthearted” 2011 movie came out, and people really seemed to dig Chris Hemsworth’s buff Shakespearean warrior. The movie grossed $181 million and even the critics were kind… ish.
In Thor: The Dark World, the crown prince of Asgard is reunited with his love, astrophyicist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), after she discovers an alien substance that puts Earth and the known universe in danger. The threat from a race of Dark Elves — led by Christopher Eccleston — is so great that Thor has no choice but to call upon his devious brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who may be puny but is always a dastardly delight. “Hiddleston, with pleading eyes and a mad-dog grin, plays Loki as a wounded sociopath who’s cackling at the world but seething on the inside,” says EW’s Owen Gleiberman.
Thor was a promising beginning, The Avengers solidified the hero’s standing and made Loki a cinematic god. Will The Dark World raise them to even greater heights? Click below to see what the nation’s critics think before heading to the theater. READ FULL STORY
Who were Loki’s bad influences?
Tom Hiddleston’s deliciously wicked performance as the cosmic evildoer in Thor, The Avengers, and the upcoming Thor: The Dark World (out Nov. 8) has made the character just as popular as the heroes he repeatedly antagonizes. Many fans have been begging Marvel Studios for a Loki stand-alone film.
“I’m standing on the shoulder of giants,” Hiddleston tells EW. Here are his top three favorite villains, who inspired his own creation.
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