Despite having some legal hurdles to jump, the Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is By My Side is currently in production, as was foretold a few weeks back. Hip-hop star Andre "3000" Benjamin is starring as Hendrix, in a story that will explore the musician's early days leading up to his discovery and explosion into a musical icon. Due to impending issues with the Hendrix estate, director John Ridley (Three Kings) won't be able to use any official Hendrix tracks - but that's another discussion.
Today we have the first set photos from All Is By My Side, which feature Andre 3000 in character as Hendrix, as well as Captain America star Hayley Atwell as Linda Keith, the woman who discovered Jimi. Scroll down for the photos.
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If you want to see a couple of additional shots, head over to Coming Soon.
While some "music purists" might disagree, in this writer's opinion it's never been a big concern having Andre 3000 (a.k.a. Andre Benjamin) play Hendrix. He's a musician. He's shown some competent acting skills (see: Four Brothers, Idlewild). He looks enough like Hendrix. He has repeatedly expressed his love and respect the subject he will be portraying. As far as biopics go, you could do a lot worse.
Though the notion of not having official Hendrix tracks in the movie seems distasteful at first, it's hardly a death knell. A 2000 made-for-TV Hendrix biopic (starring The Wire's Wood Harris) got by using cover tracks from other artists. Given that All Is By My Side is focusing primarily on the days BEFORE Hendrix's most famous songs hit the airwaves, there is a lot of room for improvisation when it comes to getting the soundtrack right.
We'll keep you updated as production on All Is By My Side continues.
Source: WENN (via Coming Soon)