OutKast’s André 3000 to play Jimi Hendrix in biopic

The rapper will begin shooting the film in Ireland later this month after years of blocked attempts to make a film about the late musician

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OutKast rapper André 3000 will play Jimi Hendrix in a new biopic set to begin shooting in Ireland later this month, according to the Irish Film & Television Network.

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All Is By My Side is written and directed by Three Kings writer John Ridley. It will deal with Hendrix’s London breakthrough in 1966 and 1967 after being discovered in a New York club by Linda Keith, then girlfriend of Rolling Stone Keith Richards.

The news follows several recent blocked attempts to make a Hendrix-related film, including a Paul Greengrass project, due to refusals to license the late-singer’s songs.

André 3000 – real name André Benjamin – has previously starred in a handful of films, including Guy Ritchie’s Revolver and the 2006 OutKast musical Idlewild.

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In 2008 the rapper told MTV, “everybody wants to do the movie, but there are so many things that go into a biopic. It’s kinda like, until you are on set doing it you can’t say what’s going on.”