If you’ve been counting the days until the Jimi Hendrix biopic “Jimi: All Is By My Side” arrives in theaters, here’s a little something to help tide you over.
Here’s a link to the trailer (below) as well as a gallery of newly released set photos for the “Jimi: All Is By My Side,” which will see its theatrical release on Sept. 26, 2014. Academy Award winning writer-director John Ridley (“12 Years A Slave”) is behind the project.
(L-R) André Benjamin portrays Jimi Hendrix and Oliver Bennett is cast as Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Noel Redding in the drama/biopic “JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE” an XLrator Media release. Photo credit: Patrick Redmond.
If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, you can click here to check it out:
The film covers Hendrix’s life from 1966-67, when the now-legendary guitarist worked as an unknown backup guitarist at New York’s Cheetah Club, then made his mark in London’s music scene and triumphed at the Monterey Pop Festival. “Jimi: All Is By My Side” presents an intimate portrait of Hendrix (portrayed by OutKast’s André Benjamin) on the verge of becoming a rock legend.
“Jimi: All Is By My Side” already made the rounds at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and 2014 SXSW Film Festival. Curious whether the film will be showing near you? You can check with Fandango for more information closer to the release date.
The gallery below offers a look at the movie poster and several stills from ‘Jimi: All Is By My Side.’ You can click on an individual image to see it in a larger size.
Benjamin, aka André 3000 of OutKast, turned 39 earlier in 2014. By comparison, Hendrix was age 27 when he died Sept. 18, 1970, in London.
According to the website IMDB.com, the estate of Jimi Hendrix refused to loan the music rights to the film for André Benjamin to perform as Hendrix unless it was allowed full participation in the film’s production.
A variety of other rock and roll figures are portrayed in the film, including:
• Animals and Hendrix manager Michael Jeffery (played by Burn Gorman)
• Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards (played by Ashley Charles)
• Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham (played by Robbie Jarvis)
• Animals bassist Chas Chandler (played by Andrew Buckley)
• Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell (played by Tom Dunlea)
• Cream guitarist Eric Clapton (played by Danny McColgan)
• R&B organist Zoot Money (played by Joe McKinney)
• Spirit guitarist Randy California (played by Joe Doyle)
• Beatles bassist Paul McCartney (played by Ger Duffy)
• Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Noel Redding (played by Oliver Bennett)