Premier footage of writer-director John Ridley's long-awaited Jimmy Hendrix biopic starring Outkast's André (Benjamin) 3000 has just surfaced today, March 5. MTV had the scoop on the movie's first footage as it emerged just a week before its South By Southwest premier.
The clip is an exchange between Hendrix and his muse Linda Keith (portrayed by Imogen Poots) as he coaxes her to accompany him to the Montery Pop Festival; the legendary festival where Hendrix set his guitar on fire and made his mark in the US.
Due to lack of permission from Hendrix's estate, the film will not actually include any of the influential guitarist's original music. Instead Riddley worked around the licensing hiccough by including a few of Hendrix's notable covers like "Wild Thing," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "Hound dog," and more.
Hopefully the film will thrive as an in-depth look into the lesser known parts of Hendrix's life despite the huge musical exclusions. 3000's preparation for the role has resulted in him making one believable Jimi; at least in this short clip. This could very well be the defining moment of the "Hey Ya" singer's career as an actor.
There is still no word on when the film will finally be released in the theater.