Andre 3000 is Legend Jimi Hendrix in 'Jimi: All is By My Side' Trailer
by Ethan Anderton
July 3, 2014
Though you might know André Benjamin better as his chart-topping alter ego Andre 3000, one-half of the hip-hop duo OutKast, he's also ventured onto the big screen with roles in films like Four Brothers, Idlewild, Semi-Pro and Be Cool. Now he's taking a big step with a lead role in Jimi: All is By My Side, a biopic about rock legend Jimi Hendrix, one of the best guitarists the world has ever seen. The film follows a very specific time in Hendrix's life from 1966-1967, where his early work helped turn him into the rock icon he would come to be, influencing musicians for decades to come. And now we have a trailer showing off Benjamin's impressive transformation into Hendrix. But could it be good enough for Oscar? Watch below!
Here's the first trailer for John Ridley's Jimi: All is By My Side from XLrator Media:
Jimi: All is By My Side is written and directed by John Ridley (writer of 12 Years a Slave). Covering a year in the life of Jimi Hendrix (André Benjamin) from 1966-67 as an unknown backup guitarist playing New York’s Cheetah Club to making his mark in London’s music scene up until his Monterey Pop triumph, the film presents an intimate portrait of the sensitive young musician on the verge of becoming a rock legend. Hayley Atwell, Imogen Poots, Andrew Buckley and Ruth Negga also star in the film which premiered at the 2014 South by Southwest Film Festival and XLrator Media releases the film September 26th this fall.
Hendrix was before my time so I can't say I know his character but from the clips I've been able to see, I think it's far to say Andre 3000 has done him justice with his performance here. Whether the film as a whole will stand up, that remains yet to be seen.
Matthew on Jul 3, 2014
As a massive fan of both andre and Jimi, I am really excited for this. andre really seems to have nailed the likeness here.
jay on Jul 3, 2014
Andre is a passionate musician and so was Jimi. I think he is a great choice to play him. However I am a bit worried about this film because I remember reading that they were unable to aquire the rights to use any of his actual music which is a real shame. It's hard to get a decent read from this particular trailer as to wether or not this will be a good film. I hope it is true to the person Hendrix was.
batsupe on Jul 3, 2014
Is it just me or did the musical tone of the trailer just sound off?
42ndparallel on Jul 4, 2014
I'm sorry, but the makers of this film can go F### themselves as far as I'm concerned. Their entire approach to this film is unethical and misleading in the extreme. Have a read for yourself: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/jun/05/kathy-etchingham-hendrix-all-is-by-my-side They're trying to make Hendrix out to be some sort of woman beating a--hole to make his character more conflicting for audiences. Very crass and utterly insulting to the memory of the man.
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Hmm... thank for the head up.
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