First Look: André 3000 as Jimmy Hendrix

As previously reported, the Jimi Hendrix biopic, “All Is by My Side,” is under production in Ireland, and portraying the legendary guitarist is rapper André Benjamin.

One-half of the popular rap duo Outkast, Benjamin (André 3000) is a legend in his own right – making a name for himself in the film industry after landing roles in movies such as “Four Brothers” and “Semi-Pro.”

Today, we get our first look at the rapper as Hendrix and we have to admit – the resemblance is uncanny.

Although production has begun on the long-awaiting film, the big question is whether Hendrix’s music will be used in the movie. The Hendrix family has declined the use of Jimi’s image or music in the film, releasing the following statement:

“The EH board have not ruled out a ‘biopic’ in the future. Though producing partners would, out of necessity, have to involve the company from the inception of any such film project if it is to include original Jimi Hendrix music or compositions.”

A film about Hendrix, without use of his music might not bode well with moviegoers, but fans of Outkast should enjoy the chance to see Benjamin in action. Apart from the occasional feature, the rapper has been virtually absent from the music scene – stating earlier this year that “there are no plans for another OutKast album.”

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