Andre Benjamin Developing a Jimi Hendrix Biopic Shooting in Ireland
"Excuse me while I kiss the sky." Just about everyone gets a biopic at some time, now it's Jimi Hendrix's turn. IFTN is exclusively reporting that musician Andre 3000 or André Benjamin, one half of OutKast, is developing and set to star in a feature biopic about rockstar Jimi Hendrix. The project is titled All Is By My Side and will begin filming around Ireland later this month, focusing on Hendrix's period in England over 1966 and 1967 when he worked on his debut album, Are You Experienced, released in 1967. Great casting for Hendrix, I just hope this turns out a better film than the Beatles' early years biopic Nowhere Boy.
All Is By My Side, which is an international co-production between Irish producer Tristan Orpen Lynch at Subotica Entertainment, Richard Kelly’s Darko Entertainment and Britain's Matador Pictures, is being directed by John Ridley making his feature debut after writing scripts for Three Kings, Undercover Brother, "Barbershop" and George Lucas' Red Tails. They're already in pre-production in Ireland, with principal photography set to begin in three weeks in the cities Dublin and Wicklow, lasting for six weeks. The cinematographer who shot Once , named Tim Fleming, is working on this as well. Numerous locations in Ireland are being used, as the film is set in 1966 and 1967 and will cover the period in which Hendrix was discovered and brought to the UK to record his debut album. It sounds like it'll be a lot of rockin' 60's fun.
While it seems like they've got financing and an entire crew together already, we'll keep you updated on any other details, including additional casting or first looks once they arrive. Expect to see some promo material from this at the Cannes Market next week, as I'm sure they're going to try and make a splash with the news that a Hendrix biopic is coming. André Benjamin has made quite a career for himself in acting, appearing in Be Cool, Four Brothers, Revolver, Idlewild, Battle in Seattle and Semi-Pro, but has been absent since 2008. I'm glad to see him making a comeback with an iconic role like this, let's see what he can bring to it!