'Jimi: All Is By My Side'
Recent Oscar winner John Ridley (screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave) said that, from the moment he started working on the script of a Jimi Hendrix biopic, the only person he ever envisioned for the role was Outkast's André 3000. According to reports and reviews coming out of the Toronto Film Festival after the film's premiere there last fall, the actor does justice to the sixties icon's flamboyance and freakery, tracing Hendrix's arc from session musician in New York to the eve of his Monterery Pop performance. The Hendrix estate denied the filmmakers permission to use any of his music, which means we're looking at a movie about the consummate guitar hero without a songle of his licks actually in it. We're still curious to see if André, covering several non-Hendrix songs, will be bold as love. Check out a clip here.