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Outkast's Andre 3000 (Andre Benjamin) is looking to once again expand his acting repertoire, this time in a way that directly relates back to music. The rapper-turned-actor is set to star in a Jimi Hendrix biopic called 'All Is By My Side.' The film will center on Jimi's discovery by the then girlfriend of The Rolling Stone's Keith Richards and his trip to London where he recorded his iconic debut album 'Are You Experienced.' It will therefore span only the years of 1966-1967. The script for 'All Is By My Side' was penned by John Ridley ('U-Turn,' 'Three Kings'). It will begin shooting in Ireland in the next three weeks and was co-produced by Richard Kelley's Darko Entertainment. No word yet on a release date.
I gotta say, I'm pretty excited about this. Jimi Hendrix is one of my favorite musicians and I'd love to see a biopic about him. I know 'The Wire's Wood Harris played the legendary rock star in a made-for-TV movie in 2000, but I haven't seen it yet. Any Spillios out there care to weigh in on it? What strikes me as interesting about this project is that here again we have a micro-scale biopic much like 'My Week with Marilyn' and 'Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho.' While I'm intrigued at seeing all the infinitesimal details and circumstance that lead to the creation of 'Are You Experienced,' I can't help but feel like Hendrix's life is packed with interesting material that we won't see in this film by the very nature of its approach. Not that I think it'll be bad, just quite limited. In any event, I have been impressed with Andre 3000 as an actor and I think he'll do a fine job inhabiting Hendrix.
What do you guys think? Has this role been well cast? Does the limited scope concern you? What is your favorite Hendrix song?