The new Hank Williams movie - The Last Ride - premieres in Shreveport this Friday night at Cinemark Tinseltown. And, KWKH congratulates all our ticket winners, we hope you enjoy the movie.

The movie is about that fateful last 72 hours of the country legend's life. Played by Henry Thomas ( who was the young boy in ET) Hank makes that last trip for a concert in Canton, Ohio - a performance he would never make.

Thomas looks and sounds a lot like the 29-year-old Hank, and says he was excited to play such an interesting role, with its historical background and musical history.

Hank's daughter Jett has revealed that even though, Hank's name is never mentioned - he's traveling under an alias- Thomas's portrayal of her father is uncanny. The movie has her approval and that of her brother, Hank Jr.

Hank's blue Cadillac is driven by Jesse James, a young actor who plays the college student Hank hires to drive him from Montgomery to his concert. The movie is being released to seven select cities, including Shreveport.

The others are in West Monroe; Montgomery, Al.; Little Rock, Ark.,; Fort Smith, Ark.; Fayetteville, Ark., and Rogers, Ark.

 

 

 

The film is directed by Harry Thomason, and along with Thomas and James, stars Fred Thompson and Kaley Cuoco. The movie is co-produced by Benjamin Gaither, son of the famous Bill and Gloria Gaither. Benjamin also directs the music and co-wrote some of the music with singer/songwriter Tony Ramey of Texas.

 

KWKH covered the news conference Sunday at the Strand announcing the movie's release prior to the Louisiana Hayride's concert that featured Hank's music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some publicity photos of actor Henry Thomas and country legend Hank Williams.

Makers of the movie are hoping for more showings across the country in the coming months.