Chris Hemsworth Says I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive

Producing and starring in a film about Hank Williams' doctor


by James White |
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If you thought the most beloved music on Asgard was something involving massive trumpets, think again. Apparently it was the soulful country sound of Hank Williams. How else to explain that, on the heels of Tom “Loki” Hiddleston gearing up to play the country legend himself, his on-screen brother Chris Hemsworth will produce and star in a fictional film about the ill-fated crooner’s doctor?

Former Thor director's assistant Benjamin Grayson is the driving force behind the project, directing his own adaptation of Steve Earle’s novel. The story dramatizes what happened to Toby “Doc” Ebersole, who was involved in the singer’s mysterious death in 1953.

With his medical license yanked, the film finds Ebersole living in Texas 10 years later, performing illegal medical procedures in the red light district to support a morphine habit. Williams’ ghost regularly haunts him, acting as an oft-unwanted conscience. In our dark hearts, we're pulling for Hiddleston to show up as Williams, though this isn't, after all, a Marvel crossover.

Hemsworth, who bought the rights to Earle’s novel, is setting up a busy time. Michael Mann’s cyber thriller **Blackhat **is first out of the gate next year, arriving on February 20, followed by Ron Howard’s whaling drama Heart Of The Sea, docking March 13. After that, there’s the just slightly anticipated Avengers sequel Age Of Ultron, which lands on April 24. You won’t be able to get away from the man! (Some of you will be happy about this fact).

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