Outkast rapper André 3000, aka André Benjamin, will play Jimi Hendrix in director John Ridley’s brand new biopic ‘All Is By My Side’, it has been announced.
There were doubts that the rock guitarist’s estate would permit the film – which is based on the time Hendrix spent writing ‘Are You Experienced?’ in England circa 1966 – to be made, it having blocked a number of past proposals. That said, the estate’s OK is only really required if Hendrix recordings are needed for the soundtrack, so it’s possible Ridley’s version just features other music. Or perhaps Hendrix’s family members just liked his pitch. Currently in the pre-production stages, filming for ‘By My Side’ is expected begin in Ireland later this month.
Acting aside, Benjamin is also rumoured to be working on a solo LP. And he told GQ earlier this year: “This year I think I’m planning to do a solo project. I don’t know when it will come out, but hopefully it’ll come out this year. As far as [new] Outkast [is concerned], I really don’t know if or when that will happen”.