Andre 3000 stars as Jimi Hendrix in upcoming film, clip released

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit

Rolling Stone released a clip from the long-anticipated Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side, which premieres next week at South by Southwest 2014. The movie tells the story of the famous guitarist and singer’s life leading up to fame.

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The film, starring Andre 3000, actor and Outkast MC, was written and directed by John Ridley, Oscar-winning screenwriter behind 12 Years a Slave. Production began seven years ago, when Ridley started exploring the track “Sending My Love to Linda,” a song about one of Jimi’s biggest supporters, friend Linda Keith.

3000 spent hours preparing for the role, repeatedly listening to interviews and watching films in effort to become Hendrix, he shared in an interview with Rolling Stone.

The recently released clip features a scene with Hendrix, his manager Chas Chandler (played by Andrew Buckley) and Keith (played by Imogen Poots) hanging out in a restaurant discussing what Hendrix should do next.

“I don’t want to get caught up in those kind of labels, though,” Hendrix (Andre 3000) says in the scene. “I don’t want it to be, ‘Well OK, he’s playing the blues,’ or ‘He’s playing R&B or soul or whatever’.”

While the film is about Hendrix’s life, because of his estate, music by Muddy Waters, the Beatles, the Troggs and other similar artists will be featured in the movie instead. As of right now, the U.S. release date for the film has not yet been announced, but it is due in United Kingdom theaters next August.

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