Andre 3000 Confirmed to Play Jimi Hendrix in Biopic

Andre 3000 is set to star as Jimi Hendrix in All Is By My Side, a new biopic movie about the rock legend.

According to The Irish Film & Television Network, the movie will focus on Hendrix’s period in England from 1966-1967, as he created his debut album, Are You Experienced. The IFTN also reports that the film will be directed by John Ridley (Three Kings, U-Turn) and is currently in pre-production in Wicklow, Ireland with shooting set to begin in three weeks in both Wicklow and Dublin. The entire film is expected to be shot in six weeks.

A segment of the movie will reportedly have Hendrix discovered in a New York club by Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richard’s then-girlfriend, Linda Keith.

3000, real name Andre Benjamin, has appeared in a number of television shows and films, such as Families, The Shield, Be Cool, Revolver, Semi-Pro and Four Brothers.

However, his portrayal in OutKast’s 2006 musical film, Idlewild, was received with mixed reviews.

On a smaller scale and more current, 3000 can be seen as a pitchman for Gillette’s Master of Style campaign, alongside actors Adrien Brody and Gael Garcia Bernal.

As for the music side of things, the masterful lyricist told GQ back in February that he plans on dropping a solo album later this year.

“This year I think I’m planning to do a solo project,” he told the men’s magazine. “I don’t know when it will come out, but hopefully it’ll come out this year. As far as OutKast, I really don’t know if or when that will happen.”—Jakinder Singh