Jimi Hendrix Biopic Starring Outkast’s Andre 3000 Sets U.S. Debut
By Scott T. Sterling
Music fans heading down to Austin, Texas, for this year’s annual South By Southwest will have the chance to be among the first to see Outkast‘s Andre 3000 portray rock legend Jimi Hendrix in a long-awaited biopic.
According to Billboard, Jimi: All Is By My Side will make its American debut at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, scheduled for March 7-15. The movie was previously shown during the Toronto Film Festival last September.
In the movie, director John Ridley—who wrote the screenplay for 12 Years A Slave—focuses on the year leading up to Hendrix’s impending stardom, ending right before the guitarist’s famous fire-starting performance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival in California.
The Hendrix estate wouldn’t allow filmmakers to use any of the “Purple Haze” singer’s original music, so according to Rolling Stone, the movie focuses on the artist’s famous cover versions, including takes on the Beatles‘ “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “Wild Thing,” written by Chip Taylor and made famous by The Troggs in 1966.
Jimi: All Is By My Side is among a slew 0f music-related movies slated to roll out during the Austin-based film festival. Other sonically-inclined entries include SVDDXNLY, a documentary chronicling the rise of rapper A$AP Rocky and the A$AP Mob, and Leave the World Behind, a behind-the-scenes look at the break-up of EDM super-group, Swedish House Mafia.