André 3000 to Play Jimi Hendrix in Upcoming Film
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You probably recognize the man in the photo seen above…or do you? In an upcoming biopic movie about legendary singer-songwriter Jimi Hendrix, none other than Outkast’s own André 3000 will be playing the role of Hendrix. The above photo is the first official picture of André as the legendary guitarist.
Titled All Is By My Side, the biopic documents Hendrix’s life from 1966-1967 when he was preparing to release his debut album. The film will not feature any original music by Hendrix, but covers such as “Wild Thing”, “Hound Dog” and “Bleeding Heart” will be featured in the film. Because the movie focuses on Hendrix’s “pre-fame era”, producers feel an overabundance of original Hendrix works were not necessary to incorporate into the film. As producer Sean McKittrick recently explained to Rolling Stone, “This is the story of Jimi being discovered as a backup musician and how he went to London and became Jimi Hendrix”.
All Is By My Side is set to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September.