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Still Alive? Hayley Atwell Says She's Eyeing A Role In Jimi Hendrix Biopic With Andre 3000 To Star

by Kevin Jagernauth
July 5, 2011 2:21 AM
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There's probably no project more difficult to mount in Hollywood than a music biopic. Not only do you have to distill the life of a musician into a reasonable running time, there is also a web of music clearances, estate approval and other myriad legalities that need to be navigated before you can get a film off the ground. And no musician has faced a rockier ride to the big screen than Jimi Hendrix.

Late last winter, it was reported that Paul Greengrass was set to go with his own take on the influential rocker's life with Anthony Mackie set to star. Unfortunately, the estate of Jimi Hendrix, which is heavily protected by his family members, didn't grant their approval. Legendary Pictures chief Thomas Tull gambled on packaging the story and talent first, rather than reaching out to the notoriously prickly Experience Hendrix, but wound up getting burned anyway. But this is just one of a few projects that have been developed over the years. About a year and a half ago, a fictional road-trip movie that just happened to feature Hendrix (but none of his music) was said to be in development, but that has pretty much gone nowhere. Meanwhile way before that, a biopic was being developed with none other than one-half of Outkast, the eccentric Andre 3000 attached to star -- we figured that project was long left for dead but it looks like we're wrong.

Chatting with Esquire, Hayley Atwell -- the Brit actress who will make her biggest movie appearance yet in the forthcoming "Captain America: The First Avenger" -- reveals she's eyeing a role in the Andre 3000-led movie that seems to be very much alive.

"Next up is possibly a Jimi Hendrix biopic — an independent film with Andre 3000 from OutKast playing Jimi Hendrix. But I don't know, really. The Atwell team is like, Let's just wait and see...," going on to indicate that the project is still being considered. We're mostly just amazed that it's still in development, which leads us to believe that Experience Hendrix may have warmed to the idea or at least hasn't rejected it outright.

Of course, there's no word yet on who Atwell may play, but if we were to guess, we think she might be looking at the part of Linda Keith, a model and girlfriend of Keith Richards at the time, who introduced him to The Rolling Stones' manager Andrew Loog Oldham and producer Seymour Stein (who both declined to work with him), and eventually to manager/producer Chas Chandler who helped launch his career. She is also credited with introducing him to psychedelic drugs.

Anyway, we're glad the wheels are still turning on this one and it looks like some kind of casting is happening. Let's hope more details surface soon.

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5 Comments

  • Voodoo chile | July 6, 2011 4:55 AMReply

    "At the time of Keith Richards?" That next-to-last paragraph is incomprehensible. Does anyone edit anything anymore? You might start by looking up "antecedent."

  • Bob Merlis | July 5, 2011 8:40 AMReply

    Reaching out to one and all on behalf of Experience Hendrix, LLC, the Jimi Hendrix family-owned company entrusted with safeguarding his legacy and music. Please be aware the Experience Hendrix is not, in any way, involved in this and, as a result, there is no possibility of producers' actually using Jimi Hendrix recordings or musical compositions. Just wanted to offer a reality check on this.

  • Jacob | July 5, 2011 7:29 AMReply

    "That's why Seven acts gay and feminine. No real man in his life."

    Wow. Hey 'Sharon', the whole being-a-momma's-boy-and-not-identifying-enough-with-macho-dudes-early-in-life theory of homosexuality fell out of favor about 30 or 40 years ago. And in case you haven't noticed, Andre is a rather flamboyant individual who seems quite in touch with the feminine elements of his personality. Maybe Seven is actually spending too much time with his father?

  • albacore | July 5, 2011 7:10 AMReply

    @sharon, what the fuck!

  • Sharon Benjamin Hodo | July 5, 2011 5:48 AMReply

    Seven Benjamin's father Andre 3000 - Another black man who isn't there for his son. Andre would rather buy a porsche and a loft in Buckhead instead of buy a home in Dallas to be with his son. He lets Seven be taken care of by Erykah's assistants and other lovers. That's why Seven acts gay and feminine. No real man in his life. If Andre is as rich as everyone says why didn't he buy a place in Dallas? Why???? Because he's really broke and doesn't know how to do business. Andre 3000 has made a sport of sleeping with his employees and groupies. Seven Benjamin should know his father doesn't treat people right and only knows how to stick his dick in women but doesn't know how to pick up the phone to call women back. What a great role model for his son? I wonder what Sharon Benjamin Hodo thinks of all this? (Andre's mama) Maybe if Andre lived in Dallas Seven won't look so malnourished and small!

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