Andre 3000's Jimi Hendrix Biopic Looks Promising Despite Major Musical Setback
What's cooler than being cool? Being Andre 3000. In addition to reuniting Outkast with Big Boi this year for an incredible, outrageous tour (including New York City's Governor's Ball — xan you imagine the outfits?), and (according to Queen Latifah, anyway), making a new Outkast album, he's also the star of a new Jimi Hendrix biopic premiering in March at South by Southwest. The film, All by My Side, was written and directed by 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley, who said he never considered anyone else but Andre to play the role of Hendrix.
And why would you, to be honest? In an interview with the Associated Press, Andre 3000 says of his preparation for the character: "When you're in it, you don't know you're an icon, so I had to take it as a person. What would Jimmy want people to know that they can't get off YouTube?"He's also super adorable and says "I didn't have hair on my face until I was like, 25."
One talented musician playing another, written by an incredible writer like Ridley? Okay, bless. Sadly, though, the estate of Jimmy Hendrix does not stand by the project, so none of Hendrix's actual music will be used in the film. I've got faith that Andre 3000 will do the man, justice, though. Other musical acts on the project include The Beatles and Muddy Waters. So much good Outkast-related news, and it's only February!