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Cannes 2014 News – Anthony Mackie To Play Jimi Hendrix In 'Jimi' Project w/ Thandie Newton

Shadow and Act By Sergio | Shadow and Act May 17, 2014 at 9:01AM

Anthony Mackie now joins Andre Benjamin in the select group of actors to portray rock legend Jimi Hendrix.
Anthony Mackie
Anthony Mackie

Move over Andre Benjamin. You’re not the only game in town anymore. It was announced at the Cannes Film Festival that Anthony Mackie will portray rock legend Jimi Hendrix in the film Jimi, based on a screenplay by British screenwriter and director Ol Parker who will also direct the project.

The film, which has been in development for years, with Mackie always attached as Hendrix under its original title Crosstown Traffic, was originally set to be directed by Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Green Zone). 

However the project fell apart four years ago when Hendrix’s estate objected to how the famed guitarist was portrayed in the script, which deals with the last nine days of his life. The situation has evidently now been resolved, and the project is set to start shooting soon.

Co-starring in the film will be Thandie Newton, who is also Parker’s real life wife. And talks are currently underway to get Noomi Rapace to play Hendrix's former Swedish actress girlfriend Kathy Etchingham.

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