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

by Sergio
May 17, 2014 9:01 AM
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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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  • urbanauteur | May 22, 2014 11:13 AMReply

    Where's Wood Harris..?

  • Austin Hendrix | May 19, 2014 11:35 PMReply

    This is not true.

  • Miles Ellison | May 18, 2014 5:02 PMReply

    Another bad Hendrix movie. Yay. I'm not holding my breath expecting anyone to actually make a good Hendrix movie.

  • m | May 17, 2014 9:13 PMReply

    This dude has a GREAT agent! He is an average actor, at best, and yet he is constantly sought after for quality projects.

  • Carl | May 17, 2014 4:56 PMReply

    I applaud Mackie's ability, or his agent's ability, to get big projects but as an ACTOR, he has the charisma of a dead fish floating in a pond. There is nothing about his acting that wows me. Never has. Just bland...screws his face and PLAYS mad.

    This is not to say I don't want him to be successful, just his acting is lukewarm at best.

  • Donella | May 17, 2014 12:25 PMReply

    I've tried to get into him and I'm not able.

  • Daniel | May 17, 2014 11:02 AMReply


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