I’m stoked about a story I have coming out Sunday. It’s about Michael Barker, the co-president of Sony Pictures Classics and a University of Texas graduate. He has been in the movie business ever since leaving Austin in the 1970s and heading to New York. And he has lots of movies coming up.
A lot of them sound fantastic, but I’m especially interested in this one, which is part of the package coming Sunday:
British actor Tom Hiddleston will play the legendary country music star Hank Williams in the upcoming Sony Pictures Classics film “I Saw the Light.”
Barker says “it’s a most authentic Southern movie, with most of the cast being real people from Alabama.” Even though Hiddleston is British, Barker says the actor captures the essence of Williams, whom Barker calls “America’s first ‘rock star’,” before the dawn of TV and Elvis.
“We saw a cut of the film, and they asked us if there was too much music in it, and we said, ‘No-o-o-o!’…. When you have a movie like that, you tend not to play the whole song or whatever, but this guy is so good you gotta play the whole song.” Elizabeth Olsen plays wife Audrey Mae Williams, while Cherry Jones plays Williams’ mother, Lillie. Bradley Whitford plays music executive Fred Rose. Mark Abraham directs.