Rapper To Play Hendrix In New Biopic

The rapper-turned-actor Andre 3000 is set to play the role of guitar hero Jimi Hendrix in biopic, "All Is By My Side", which will begin shooting in three weeks.

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Andre 3000 is probably best known as one half of hip-hop duo Outkast, according to IFTN though, the rapper-turned-actor has something a bit more "classic rock" in sights for his next project.

Specifically, he's set to play the role of guitar hero Jimi Hendrix in an upcoming biopic, titled "All Is By My Side", which will begin shooting in Ireland in three weeks.

IFTN offers the following summary of the film:

"The film will be set in 1966 and 1967 and cover the period in which Hendrix was discovered in a New York club by Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richard's then girlfriend Linda Keith. She subsequently introduced Hendrix to manager Chas Chandler who brought Hendrix to London in 1966, where he recorded his debut album "Are You Experienced" and had his first taste of success. Over that period 1966 to 67 Hendrix went on to formulate some of the greatest guitar-driven records ever made."

Last week, over 7,000 guitarists broke the world record for "Largest Guitar Ensemble", playing a version of the Hendrix classic "Hey Joe" the record attempt took place at the Thanks Jimi Festival in Poland and was open to participants playing electric, acoustic, classical and bass guitars.

According to the Guardian newspaper, the film is the first Hendrix biopic to have been greenlit by the Hendrix estate of several that have been proposed in recent years. Previously, the Hendrix estate had taken issue with licensing the late musician's music. The news that "All Is By My Side" has been greenlit suggests that the Hendrix estate has either now relented or that film won't feature any Hendrix songs.

The last time that the iconic musician's life was committed to film was in "Hendrix", a made for TV biopic of the guitarist released in 2000.

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    scrymusic
    I cannot wait.. Andre is a musican and looks perfect. Just like Val in the Doors and Sasha Baron Cohen as Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic that is also coming.
    yearzero
    Honestly I expected the worst, but the likeness is uncanny. I'll stay tuned.
    link no1
    Was going to rage that a rapper was playing Hendrix... But that 'rapper' being Andre3000 changed my mind. Even if I never did consider him a 'rapper'.
    rebreh
    vppark2 wrote: Ghost4119 wrote: To be honest, Redman looks ALOT like Hendrix i think Andre would make a better fit/role to do the job tho. and if he were to make music for the movie, then he'd def be better off than Redman.
    Plus Redman is a really bad actor. Great rapper but "How High" was one of the worst movies ever
    Nethero
    meow1992 wrote: Lil Wayne would be a better fit..... BAZINGA!!!
    24 thumbs down? smh I can see a lot of people here don't know what bazinga means
    rebreh
    Andre is a good choice because he is a really good musician and, in the few roles I've seen him in, a pretty good actor (although he mainly did supporting parts). He probablly will sing the songs. Good actors can sound like other singers. Remember when Jauquen Phoenix did Johnny Cash?
    Tomo-J
    Andre is a very good actor that takes his job very seriously, so I wouldn't be surprised if he's already ona a diet and learning Jimi's stuff on guitar.
    neversleeps84
    jhart08 wrote: At least its not lil wayne lol
    Ah, Lil Wayne. True story: Lil Wayne is actually a turd that came out of Notorious B.I.G's butthole when his bowels released upon death. Then Master P fed him biddy, and biddy made him strong.
    thebigredjj10
    wylde1994 wrote: He HAS to play the guitar left-handed, i'm probs not the only one but i'm really worried about this movie. Hendrix is my idol and if they don't do a good enough job i'm sure i wont be the only one who would be deeply upset
    Why would you be upset? Even if it fails miserably, it doesn't change the original persons legacy one bit.
    bustapr
    he lookslike hendrix and his comedic pimp acting isnt half bad. but his voice wouldne really fit a hendrix song. his voice barely has any lows/bass in it.
    Carl Hungus
    This movie has to be approved by the Hendrix estate. A Jimi Hendrix movie without any of his music would just be a documentary with actors. Not worth making under those conditions.
    DeanRedneck
    When I saw the headline, I was really hoping it was going to be Andre 3000. Probably the best person for the gig. The only movie I remember him in was "4 Brothers" and that was good. He really looks like Hendrix, as well.
    Absurder22
    Thank ****. I read that headline and was outraged as I thought it would be someone horrific, but Andre 3000 is worthy.
    leohimself
    ffaf_kick_ass wrote: same. i feared it was gunna be someone dumb like 50 cent or eminem lol
    how the hell could eminem play jimi hendrix dude?! (then again kirk lazarus comes to my mind...)
    redcthulhu
    Idlewild was...not good, but not for lack of 'Dre and Big Boi's performances. They just sucked at writing. I know he can act, but can he act the part? I'm excited for this movie.
    vppark2
    His first movie he was in Hollywood Homicide, which really wasnt all that bad.
    bdof
    meow1992 wrote: Lil Wayne would be a better fit..... BAZINGA!!!
    Lil' Wayne is the ugliest black man on earth. He LITERALLY looks like a ****ing Gremlin
    badfish_lewis
    Andre will do well he's a very talented artist and I'm sure he's well aware that people will expect a great performance.
    Shornifier
    First time I didn't swear out loud at a rapper-related article on UG. Bless Jimi, **** the guy who said lil wayne. (That's right, I don't capitalize his name because I don't have enough ****in respect for him)
    DeanRedneck
    explosionate wrote: I guess all black people look the same to most of you posters. How do they look alike? They have similar facial hair...that's all I see. Am I crazy?...I'm not even black!
    It's mainly in that area of the face; not just the facial hair, but in the way they look in that area, which is what you tend to watch when people are talking.
    Cheesepuff
    i like how i almost got miffed because they let a rapper play hendrix, then i saw it was andre 3000 and i was all 'that went better than expected'
    WiZoRZ
    lol I thought andre 3000 was a made up name for the gilett comercial XD
    bobmarley_fan
    He did a good job as Coffee Black in Semi-Pro. Plus he looks a lot like Hendrix. I think it will be a good fit.
    explosionate
    I guess all black people look the same to most of you posters. How do they look alike? They have similar facial hair...that's all I see. Am I crazy?...I'm not even black!
    vppark2
    Ghost4119 wrote: To be honest, Redman looks ALOT like Hendrix
    i think Andre would make a better fit/role to do the job tho. and if he were to make music for the movie, then he'd def be better off than Redman.
    reignofrock
    I was ready to curse whoever got casted... But Andre is pretty awesome and quite fitting. So, good job casting person?
    Eifler121
    zalant wrote: ...suggests that the Hendrix estate has either now relented or that film wont feature any Hendrix songs. Hopefully, it's the former. I can't imagine a movie about a musician which doesn't have any of that person's music. He may have been an interesting character and Andre could do a fantastic job, but without the music, I don't really see much of a point.
    They've done it before, whether successfully or not is up to you.
    DoodlySquat
    Poop machine that slightly resembles a candy machine to pretend to be that candy machine.
    JunKDepot
    well..i'm okay with all of this. Andre can actually act worth a damn and my be able pantomime playing a guitar convincingly, hell knowing him he may already know how to play guitar.
    nailsarecruel
    He started transcending the limitations of "rapper" around the time Outkast released that double album with Hey Ya on it. I think he'll do a great job at at playing Hendrix.
    iommi600
    Wow, this guy is like a Jimi clone lost in time. Just need an afro and stoner eyes.
    jrodgers
    That 2000 made for TV movie "Hendrix" that's mentioned in this article? Terrible. Jimi is my favorite and even I couldn't even get through 20 minutes of that steaming turd of a movie. If Andre 3000 doesn't learn to at least LOOK like he's playing a guitar for this, and if they again aren't allowed to use actual Hendrix music, this movie will be s*** just the same.
    chhang
    this aint new news. hes been said to be making the movie for well over 5 years, thats why andre learnt to play guitar years ago.
    crissfoo06
    andre 3000 is a cool guy, and he does look like jimi. hope whatever it is, it's not shit.
    duncang
    Never seen him act properly but he's got the right character and resemblance I think
    zalant
    ...suggests that the Hendrix estate has either now relented or that film wont feature any Hendrix songs.
    Hopefully, it's the former. I can't imagine a movie about a musician which doesn't have any of that person's music. He may have been an interesting character and Andre could do a fantastic job, but without the music, I don't really see much of a point.