TheWrap reports that Thor star Chris Hemsworth has optioned Steve Earle’s novel I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive, in the hopes of both producing and starring in a film version. It describes the picture as “a dark, fictitious tale that follows Toby ‘Doc’ Ebersole, who’s haunted by the ghost of Hank Williams following his involvement in the country singer’s mysterious death in 1953. After his medical license is revoked, the story picks up 10 years later in the red-light district of San Antonio, Texas, where Doc supports his morphine habit by performing illegal medical procedures.” The ghost of Hank Williams appears to Doc as “a demented Jiminy Cricket.”
This would be a newsworthy development on its own, but it’s particularly interesting in light of the fact that Hemsworth’s onscreen bro in Thor and The Avengers, Tom Hiddleston, is already at work on a Hank Williams movie of his own. His more straightforward biopic is called I Saw The Light, and it will co-star Elizabeth Olsen as Williams’ wife, Audrey Mae. Production of that film is scheduled to get underway next month ahead of a 2015 release.
So, Hemsworth and Hiddleston, Thor and Loki, now locked in an epic struggle offscreen as well as on. Who will make the definitive Hank Williams movie? And who will run back to Anthony Hopkins crying that the other stole their thunder? (Oof, yeah, that was a bad one, guys. Sorry.)