The first picture of Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix in the forthcoming biopic has been released.
The picture is taken from the website for the Toronto International Film Festival, where the biopic – titled All Is By My Side – will receive its world premiere in September. The festival has also released a new synopsis for the biopic.
It reads: “Jimmy James, an unknown backup guitarist, left New York City for London, England in 1966. A year later he returned — as Jimi Hendrix. All Is By My Side brings authenticity and poignancy to the story of the man behind the legend, and of the people who loved and inspired him.”
All Is By My Side will not feature any songs recorded or composed by Hendrix himself, as the late guitarist’s estate declined permission. Instead, the film will see Andre 3000 perform songs by The Beatles and Muddy Waters that Hendrix himself covered in the ’60s.
The supporting cast includes Hayley Atwell, Imogen Poots, Burn Gorman and Ashley Charles, who plays a young Keith Richards. Although All Is By My Side focuses on Hendrix’s period in England over 1966-7, director John Ridley shot the film in Wicklow, Ireland last summer. A UK release date has yet to be announced.