Red Tails scribe John Ridley will be making his directorial debut, featuring André '3000' Benjamin from hip hop duo OutKast, as legendary guitar maestro Jimi Hendrix. Benjamin has been a big presence in developing the feature, according to IFTN [via Geek Tyrant], centering on the musician's time in England in the late 1960s, working on his now famous debut album Are You Experienced. It took Hendrix five months to record the album, which finally debuted in 1967.
Production on All Is by My Side is expected to get underway in Ireland for six months in late May. This won't be Benjamin's first film as he's made appearances in Be Cool, Four Brothers, Revolver, Idlewild, Battle in Seattle, and Semi-Pro. He seems perfectly suited for the part given his unique resemblance to the singer, his vocal chops, and fonkee moves. No word yet on who might be playing producer/manager Chas Chandler who was instrumental in bringing Hendrix center stage, recruited band members for The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and provided an opportunity for Henrix to jam with Eric Clapton and his then band Cream on stage.
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