Jimi: All Is By My Side — Sneak Peek Clip (Andre Benjamin as Jimi Hendrix)

source:   sxsw.com, youtube.com

added: Thu, Mar 6th '14

With only a handful of acting credits to his name, Outkast rapper/singer Andre Benjamin takes an ambitious step forward, portraying legendary guitar god Jimi Hendrix in the upcoming biopic "All Is By My Side," which marks the second directorial effort of John Ridley, the recent Oscar-winning screenwriter of "12 Years a Slave." Covering only one year in Hendrix's life as a struggling New York club guitarist playing in London, the film dramatizes the events that led to his 1967 breakout performance in the Monterey Pop Festival.

Set to premiere next week at SXSW, a sneak peek film clip has recently surfaced online, granting the first look at Benjamin as Hendrix, who is seen talking to his latest muse, Linda Keith (played by English actress Imogen Poots), who's famously known for being both Keith Richards' former girlfriend and the inspiration behind the classic Rolling Stones song "Ruby Tuesday."

OutKast's Andre Benjamin stars as Jimi Hendrix in this revealing biopic from Academy Award-winning writer-director John Ridley (12 Years A Slave). Covering a year in Hendrix's life from 1966-67 as an unknown backup guitarist playing New York's Cheetah Club to making his mark in London's music scene up until his Monterey Pop triumph, the film presents an intimate portrait of the sensitive young musician on the verge of becoming a rock legend.


directed by   John Ridley

starring   Andre Benjamin, Hayley Atwell, Imogen Poots, Ruth Negga, Adrian Lester

release date   September 26, 2014

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