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Anthony Mackie to play Jimi Hendrix opposite Noomi Rapace and Thandie Newton

05.23.2014
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Outkast rapper Andre Benjamin may be starring in the first big screen biopic of Jimi Hendrix, but there is another one brewing with a pretty kick-ass lead. Reports out of the Cannes Film Festival have CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER co-star Anthony Mackie taking the lead in JIMI, a film written and directed by Ol Parker.

The biopic has been in development for some time and was previously going to be directed by Paul Greengrass. Issues with rights to music from the Hendrix estate led to the delay and departure of Greengrass. The Andre Benjamin film, ALL IS BY MY SIDE, did not secure rights to any Hendrix music. That film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and focused on Hendrix's rise to fame and glory. JIMI will instead focus on the final nine days of the guitarist's life.

Director Parker has also secured two female co-stars for Mackie. Parker's wife Thandie Newton will appear in the film and negotiations are underway to cast Noomi Rapace as Kathy Etchingham, Hendrix's girlfriend. That role was played by Hayley Atwell in ALL IS BY MY SIDE.

There is no release date for JIMI but filming is expected to get underway shortly. Unlike competing biopics in the past, these two films could actually compliment each other as they do not focus on the same era in Hendrix's life. I am looking forward to seeing which actor will do a better job of playing "All Along The Watchtower".

Source: IndieWire

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9:40PM on 05/24/2014

Why why why

We have a Hendrix movie coming with someone far better for the role, why another? I like Mackie and all but I am sick of competing studios putting out films on the same subject like this. The only saving grace is that it will portray a different time period in the life of Hendrix
We have a Hendrix movie coming with someone far better for the role, why another? I like Mackie and all but I am sick of competing studios putting out films on the same subject like this. The only saving grace is that it will portray a different time period in the life of Hendrix
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4:24PM on 05/23/2014
Mackie is about as perfect an actor to play Hendrix as you can get. Like the concept, too.
Mackie is about as perfect an actor to play Hendrix as you can get. Like the concept, too.
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4:06PM on 05/23/2014
I love me some Hendrix, but it's always bothered me how much attention his version of "watchtower" gets. It's a great song but I think the original by Dylan is far superior.
I love me some Hendrix, but it's always bothered me how much attention his version of "watchtower" gets. It's a great song but I think the original by Dylan is far superior.
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3:35PM on 05/23/2014
Good for Mackie. He's a great underrated actor and I'm sure he'll do the role justice with much depth and charisma.
Good for Mackie. He's a great underrated actor and I'm sure he'll do the role justice with much depth and charisma.
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