It was just a rumor when we first reported it back in July, but it has been confirmed:
Rapper Andre 3000 will play Jimi Hendrix in a new Hendrix biopic, which will begin shooting in Ireland later this month.
The film, which is titled All Is By My Side, was written by -- and will be directed by -- novelist and screenwriter John Ridley, who recently wrote the Tuskegee Airmen film Red Tails.
Andre Benjamin (better known as Andre 3000) occasionally performs as part of the rap duo Outkast. His acting roles include starring or supporting parts in Be Cool opposite John Travolta and Uma Thurman and Four Brotherswith Mark Wahlberg. He also appeared in a 2006 Prohibition-era musical called Idlewild with his Outkast partner, Big Boi.
It is rumored the film will focus on the period during which Hendrix recorded 1967's Are You Experienced, his debut album. Production is scheduled to last six weeks in Dublin and Wicklow, Ireland.
Pete here with my take. This is a horrible idea without the blessing of Jimi's estate. Looks like Jimi's estate feels the same way. This next article is from www.ology.com
Listen closely. You hear that? It’s the sound of reality setting in. Just a few days afterreports came flooding in that the long-rumored Jimi Hendrix biopic starring OutKast’s André 3000 is finally set to begin filming, the Wall Street Journal reports that the film (peculiarly titled All Is By My Side) hasn’t been approved by Experience Hendrix LLC, the family company that owns all rights to Hendrix’s music and publishing.
“[Experience Hendrix] has made it known many times in the past that no such film, were it to include original music or copyrights created by Jimi Hendrix, can be undertaken without its full participation,” reads an official statement released by the company this week.
It continues: “Experience Hendrix CEO Janie Hendrix, sister of Jimi Hendrix, and the EH board have not ruled out a ‘biopic’ in the future though producing partners would, out of necessity, have to involve the company from the inception of any such film project if it is to include original Jimi Hendrix music or compositions.”
Translation: All Is By My Side’s producers need to get Experience Hendrix on board, or André 3000 had better start learning how to play “Hey Joe” from scratch.
Pete again. HERE is who should play Jimi. None other than Eric Gales. PLUS: HE ALREADY PLAYS LIKE HENDRIX WITH A RIGHT-HANDED GUITAR FLIPPED OVER BUT STILL STRUNG FOR A RIGHTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!