Watch the First Trailer of André 3000's New Jimi Hendrix Movie

It's been a busy year for André Benjamin — better known as André 3000 — who has been enjoying the comeback of his rap duo Outkast while also working on his solo music. Now he is starting promotion for his new film Jimi: All Is by My Side, in which he takes on the titular role of guitar god Jimi Hendrix.

The project has been delayed for some time, but a new trailer offers an exciting glimpse of the biopic directed by John Ridley, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave. Watch the trailer below:


The film required Benjamin to learn how to play guitar like Hendrix: left-handed on a right-hand guitar strung upside down.

Interestingly enough, the film doesn't actually contain any songs from Hendrix's repertoire; due to a conflict with the late musician's estate, Ridley was forced to concentrate on the years when Hendrix was on the cusp of fame. Another biopic in the works — titled Jimi, and starring Captain America actor Anthony Mackie — has received the estate's blessings, and will be able to use Hendrix's iconic rock catalog.

But Jimi: All Is by My Side has the advantage of Benjamin's star power and an earlier release date — the film will hit theaters on September 26.

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Eileen Shim

Eileen is a writer living in New York. She studied comparative literature and international studies at Yale University, and enjoys writing about the intersection of culture and politics.

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