Jimi Hendrix Biopic Starring Outkast’s Andre 3000 Nixed By Hendrix Estate
As we recently reported, Outkast's Andre 3000 was on board to portray original guitar hero Jimi Hendrix in an upcoming biopic about the axeman. However, the musician won't be starring in that role. In fact, the Experience Hendrix estate has put the kibosh on the project altogether, preventing the film from being made by restricting access to Hendrix's music, according to The BoomBox.
Janie Hendrix, who is the CEO of Experience Hendrix, as well as the guitarist's sister, is the film's road block, saying that she has "made it known many times in the past that no such film, were it to include original music or copyrights created by Jimi Hendrix, can be undertaken without [our] full participation." Well, a biopic about a musical legend really can't offer the viewer much when the actual music isn't available for usage in the film, now can it?
Despite the nixing of the biopic, a documentary about Hendrix is, in fact, forthcoming. The estate said that "with Sony Legacy, our partner, we are active in releasing documentary material starring, so to speak, Jimi Hendrix as himself and plan to continue on this path."
Besides Andre 3000, it was reported that pop star Jason Derulo was also offered the Hendrix role at one point.
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