Starring Andre 3000
as the iconic axeman, Jimi Hendrix
's biopic "All is by My Side
" is officially set for a September 5 premiere at this year's Toronto International Film Festival
Directed by John Ridley
, the film depicts Hendix's life in the late '60s, a time when his musical career skyrocketed, allowing him to become the biggest guitar icon of all time.
Interestingly enough, the movie won't feature any of Jimi's tunes, as the executors of his estate gave the studio no rights to use them. But such a decision didn't upset the producers too much, as they never asked for the rights in the first place. "This is the story of Jimi being discovered as a backup musician and how he went to London and became Jimi Hendrix,"
producer Sean McKittrick
told Rolling Stone
"They want to make a Jimi Hendrix movie without Jimi Hendrix music," Experience Hendrix
representative said. "It would be like making a movie about Lincoln without being able to use the Gettysburg Address."
Apart from Andre Benjamin
, the rest of the cast features Imogen Poots
and Hayley Atwell
in the role of Hendrix's girlfriends Linda Keith
and Kathy Etchingham
. After the premiere, the film will run at the festival through September 15.
The latest posthumous Hendrix release, "People, Hell and Angels
," dropped back in March via Legacy Records. With around 70,000 copies sold in the first week, it debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it the guitarist's highest-charting effort in 44 years.