Sony Pictures Classics has opted to shunt its Hank Williams biopic I Saw The Light out of this year’s competitive Oscars calendar, partly as a result of the hectic schedule of star Tom Hiddleston (Crimson Peak).
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According to Deadline Hollywood, the film will now be released on March 25th 2016, perhaps as a result of middling reviews from the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year.
Sony had hoped to court awards nominations for stars Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen (Avengers: Age of Ultron).
The decision is also linked to the availability of Hiddleston, who will be tied up filming Kong: Skull Island for the next few months and would struggle to promote the film so soon after he has been omnipresent on the chat show circuit for Crimson Peak.
I Saw The Light, the story of the legendary country western singer Hank Williams, who in his brief life created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music. The film chronicles his meteoric rise to fame and its ultimately tragic effect on his health and personal life.
I Saw The Light is directed by Marc Abraham (Flash of Genius) and also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Cherry Jones, Bradley Whitford, Maddie Hasson and Wren Schmidt.