Actress Elizabeth Olsen has signed on to play Hank Williams' wife, opposite Tom Hiddleston, in a new biopic. The British actor was cast as Williams in I Saw The Light in June (14), and now he has been joined by fellow The Avengers franchise star Olsen, who will play Audrey Mae.
Williams, who battled drug and alcohol problems, wed Audrey Sheppard in 1944. She served as his manager until the couple divorced in 1952.
Marc Abraham will direct the film from a script based on author Colin Escott's book, Hank Williams: The Biography, which chronicles the singer's meteoric rise to fame and his untimely death in 1953, at the age of 29.
Production on I Saw The Light is scheduled to begin in Louisiana this autumn (14), ahead of a 2015 release.
Olsen joined the cast of The Avengers sequel Age of Ultron as Scarlet Witch last year (13), but she did not work with Thor star Hiddleston, because his evil character, Loki, is not featured in the next instalment of the superhero franchise.
Emergency services were called to Steinbrenner's Tampa, Florida home on Monday night (12Jul10) and he was admitted to St. Joseph's hospital, where he was reported to be in an "extremely critical condition".
He passed away at around 6.30am (EST) on Tuesday morning (13Jul10), according to the Associated Press.
His death comes just days after he celebrated his 80th birthday on 4 July (10) and two days after longtime Yankees Stadium public announcer Bob Sheppard died at the age of 99.
In a statement, the Steinbrenner family says, "He was an incredible and charitable man. He was a visionary and a giant in the world of sports. He took a great but struggling franchise and turned it into a champion again."
Steinbrenner took over the Yankees in 1973 and the baseball team has won 11 pennants and seven World Series under his ownership, the longest in club history.
Outside the world of sport, Steinbrenner was known for being lampooned, with his permission, on hit TV comedy Seinfeld, when character George Costanza - played by Jason Alexander - worked for the Yankees.
Lee Bear portrayed Steinbrenner, although the character's face was never seen and he was always shot from behind at his office desk at Yankee Stadium. Larry David provided Steinbrenner's voice and the caricature depicted the mogul as a talkative man known for his bad decisions, who sometimes referred to himself as "Big Stein".
Steinbrenner's other TV appearances include a hosting gig on U.S. sketch show Saturday Night Live in 1990, and a movie cameo in Brendan Fraser's 1994 baseball film The Scout. He was referenced in a 1992 episode of The Simpsons, titled Homer at the Bat.
His personal fortune was estimated at a staggering $1.6 billion and he used his cash to invest in six Broadway plays in the 1960s and '70s, including the Tony Award-nominated musical Seesaw in 1974.
Steinbrenner is survived by his wife Elizabeth Zieg and their four children - Hank, Hal, Jessica and Jennifer.