Anthony Mackie Playing Jimi Hendrix But Not for Paul Greengrass

May 20, 2014
Source: Deadline

Anthony Mackie / Jimi Hendrix

A few years ago, Captain America: The Winter Soldier star Anthony Mackie was slated to star in a biopic about the late, iconic rock star Jimi Hendrix in a film called Crosstown Traffic. At the time, The Bourne Ultimatum and Captain Phillips director Paul Greengrass was attached to direct, but when Hendrix's estate objected over the portrayal of Hendrix in the film, the project fell apart. However, Deadline has learned those issues have been resolved, and now Mackie is ready to pick up the guitar again in the film that will be directed by Ol Parker (Imagine Me & You) and is now simply called Jimi. And there's more!

Thandie Newton (Crash) is on board to take a role, and Noomi Rapace is wanted to take the role of Hendrix's former girlfriend Kathy Etchingham (they actually look very similar). The film itself won't chronicle the rise of Hendrix to one of the most legendary rock stars of his time, but instead focuses on the last nine days of Hendrix's life. Mackie seems to be on the rise with much more prominent roles, especially since The Winter Soldier. He just joined the Christmas comedy from director Jonathan Levine alongside Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and this lead role sounds very promising. Interested?

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Id be more interested in a biopic of how Jimi became Jimi than just what transpired the last 9 days he was alive..........BUT, I guess beggers cant be choosers.

Rock n Rollllll on May 20, 2014


Wait, but there's already a Jimi biopic with Andre3000 in (post?)production?

Terry Craig on May 20, 2014


I was JUST asking myself that...did that project get scrapped? I thought it was basically finished....

Jeff Prioleau on May 20, 2014


do they have the actual music rights?? Otherwise it all these biopic seem kinda pointless

desispeed on May 20, 2014


Do not want

Montez Williams on May 20, 2014

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