Could Outkast’s Andre 3000 be set to play guitar god Jimi Hendrix in a new film? English actress Hayley Atwell has told Esquire magazine that she is hoping to line up alongside him in a biopic.
The Captain America star told an interviewer when asked what projects she had in the pipeline “Next up is possibly a Jimi Hendrix biopic — an independent film with Andre 3000 from OutKast playing Jimi Hendrix. But I don’t know, really. The Atwell team is like, Let’s just wait and see… I love how I call them Team Atwell because each of them works with fifty other people as well. Sometimes they forget who I am.”
The idea has legs, because 3000, AKA Andre Benjamin, has long been lobbying for a film about Hendrix, saying that he wanted to both sides of the rock legend. Previous attempts to make a film about Hendrix have become bogged down in disputes with the late star’s estate, who carefully control the rights to his name, music and likeness.
If all goes according to plan, it might be time for 3000 to hit up a pawn shop for some $50 guitars and some lighter fluid to practise setting guitars on fire.