First Look: 'All Is By My Side' Featuring André Benjamin as Hendrix
"Fly on my sweet, sweet angel, Tomorrow I shall have you by my side." Another interesting first look coming from the Toronto Film Festival after announcing the first half of their 2013 line-up. This one is for All Is By My Side, a biopic about music legend Jimi Hendrix, starring music legend André Benjamin (aka Andre 3000 of OutKast) as Jimmy "James" Hendrix. Despite this photo featuring Benjamin at a mic, the film never got the rights to use Hendrix's music and thus won't actually be using any of his music. Similar to the way Nowhere Boy told the origin of the Beatles without actually using any Beatles songs. Check it out.
Here's the first All Is By My Side photo direct from the Toronto Film Festival, initially spotted by SlashFilm:
Synopsis from the TIFF line-up announcement: Jimmy James (André Benjamin), an unknown backup guitarist, left New York City for London, England in 1966. A year later he returned — as Jimi Hendrix. All Is By My Side brings authenticity and poignancy to the story of the man behind the legend, and of the people who loved and inspired him. The cast includes Imogen Poots, Hayley Atwell, Ruth Negga, Adrian Lester, and Ashley Charles as Keith Richards. It's written and directed by John Ridley, a writer/producer turned filmmaker whose only other feature film is 1997's Cold Around the Heart. At the moment, this film doesn't seem to have a US distributor or release set yet. Stay tuned for more updates from TIFF and beyond.