Tom Hiddleston’s ‘I Saw the Light’ Pushed Back to 2016
If you were getting excited about seeing Tom Hiddleston croon as country legend Hank Williams in I Saw the Light, it looks like you’re going to have to wait a little longer. The upcoming country music biopic has been pushed back four months from its November release date, moving out of awards season and into the middle of next spring. But early buzz on the film suggests it may not have been cut out for awards season anyway.
Hiddleston can do it all: act, dance, perform some decent celebrity impressions, and in his new film, he proves he can sing, too. I Saw the Light was originally scheduled to hit theaters on November 28, but according to The Wrap, Sony Pictures Classics has moved the film back to March 25, 2016.
With that particular release date in mind, you might assume that I Saw the Light could play at SXSW and receive a bit of a word-of-mouth bump from the fest crowd, but the biopic played at the Toronto International Film Festival last month and received an underwhelming response from attendees.
Sony reportedly pushed the film back to avoid this year’s very crowded awards season schedule and to ensure Hiddleston could help promote the film as his commitments to Kong: Skull Island are keeping him fairly busy for the next few months. That film is set to begin production next week in Hawaii.
I Saw the Light stars Hiddleston as country legend Hank Williams and centers on the famed singer’s life, tragically cut short at the age of 30 in 1953. Fellow Marvel star Elizabeth Olsen plays his wife in the biopic.