Andre 3000 to Begin Shooting Jimi Hendrix Biopic in 3 Weeks

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 10:00 pm,

[UPDATE: There is much drama surrounding this Jimi Hendrix biopic. Click HERE to learn why the film WON’T use Hendrix’s music.]

If you’ve ever witnessed a Outkast concert, seen a music video, or watched a movie featuring Andre 3000 then you are well aware that he would soon be bringing his charismatic persona to a leading role eventually.  The only question was when.

Now, we have our answer.

According to IFTN, production on All Is By My Side, the Jimi Hendrix biopic, is set to begin in three weeks time – and playing the role of the legendary rock icon will be none other than Mr. 3000 himself. Pre-production for the John Ridley (Three Kings, U-Turn) directed film has already begun and shooting for the film will reportedly take place in Dublin as well as Wicklow county – and should last for about six weeks.

Andre 3000, whose real name is Andre Benjamin, is no newcomer to the acting ranks – his filmography includes roles in Idlewild, in which he co-starred starred with Big Boi (the other half of the legendary hip hop group Outkast), as well as Semi-Pro, which starred funnyman Will Ferrell. With hits such as “Bombs Over Baghdad,” “Ms. Jackson,” and “Hey Ya” under his belt, Benjamin has seemingly been slowly branching away from the group he helped create – and has been inching his way into a one man act in both the music and film industry.

Jimi Hendrix All is by My Side Andre 3000 to Begin Shooting Jimi Hendrix Biopic in 3 Weeks

Reports suggest that the film’s setting will take place between 1966 and 1967 and will focus on the time Hendrix was first discovered at a New York City club by the girlfriend of Rolling Stones guitarist Linda Keith. After experiencing international success and becoming what many today believe was the greatest guitarist in rock history, Jimi Hendrix passed away in a drug induced, controversial death on September 18, 1970.

Benjamin seems poised and ready to take on such a huge role. He has dominated the music charts during his career, now he takes aim at box office charts. From an Outkast to a movie star – Jimi Hendrix would be proud. I’m sorry Ms. Jackson but Benjamin is the real deal.

We’ll keep you updated as we hear more about All Is By My Side.

Source: IFTN (via Rolling Stone)

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  1. This is actually pretty cool news.

  2. It’s too bad that they don’t have the rights to Hendrix’s music. Hopefully that will change in the next few weeks, but I have my doubts.

  3. honestly, i wish andre would get in the studio and finish up his solo album, so then he and big boi can make another outkast album. after that, the man can do whatever he wants. also, i was hoping they would approach kid cudi for this role, as i think he looks a bit more like hendrix than benjamin as well as being a better actor. this is only my opinion though.

    either way, it’ll be good entertainment.

  4. I’m sorry Mrs Jackson…oooooooooooo, I am for reeaaallll. Looking forward to it. A fellow ATLien I might add.

  5. It’ll take more than a wanna be musician turned actor to capture Jimi’s unique essence. No much faith in this…

    • *Not much faith in this.

    • I think you’re the first person ever to call Andre 3000 a “wanna be musician”.

      Good for you, you know nothing!!!

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  7. is it possible for a journeyman guitarist to emulate the single most influential guitarist of the last 100 years? I’ve been playing for 25 years and I cant do it.

    Ralph Macchio worked with Arlen Roth, 4 days a week for 2 months just to get the specific patterns for the stuff he would have to do in the movie. and while that movie (when squinting) is fun to watch, the only real guitar playing is when Steve Vai is cutting heads at the end (or the pre-recorded ry cooder soundtrack).

    Even with CGI, i am dubious that a movie that addresses Jimi F’n Hendrix could start shooting in 3 weeks and be done well.

    • He’s talking about the movie Crossroads, and not the one with the no singing female pop star.

  8. BS BS BS, it’s going to be hard enought to portray Jimi in the first place,without his music,what’s the point. I like Andre 3000 my advise is run Forest run, find another part,don’t embarass yourself like Wood Harris did with that terrible biography he stared in and he used Jimi’s music.I’m a Hendrix fan, a guitarist and a Woodstock 69, attendee, and I smell disaster.

  9. Making a biopic about Jimi Hendrix that focuses on his career and does not have the rights to play his music is kind of like doing a biopic on Marilyn Monroe and casting Zooey Deschanel in the role.

    It might be kitschy, but it leaves out the essence of the subject.