Actor Tom Hiddleston, best known for his role as Loki in the Thor and Avengers series, made a surprise appearance at Michigan’s Wheatland Music Festival over the weekend. Hiddleston performed a rendition of Move It on Over by country singer Hank Williams, whom the actor will play in an upcoming biopic.
As Deadline reported back in June, I Saw The Light is an adaptation of Colin Escott’s 1994 book Hank Williams: The Biography. Sources indicate that the film will trace the hard-living country icon’s life from his early years in Alabama through to his sudden death at age 29, and will feature Williams’ original music.
Production is reportedly set to begin next month in Louisiana, with Dawn of the Dead producer Marc Abraham at the helm. Hiddleston, in the midst of preparation for the role, apparently decided to work his newly acquired chops on the folks at Wheatland, which showcases the hottest acts in folk and country.
As readers can see below, the 33-year-old Royal Academy of Dramatic Art alum has done a pretty bang-up job of nailing down Williams’ classic Southern croon. So much so that we think the organisers of Out On The Weekend, Australia’s own brand new Americana music festival, may soon be making some calls.
Watch: Hank Williams – Move It on Over (Hank Williams Cover) at Wheatland Music Festival
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