andre 3000 as jimi hendrix *Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix? The world is waiting to see how that turns out.

Filming has begun on the Hendrix biopic called “All Is By My Side” and if all goes well we’ll see if the OutKast rapper has the chops to pull it off. Based on his previous outings, the prognosis is shaky at best. But we’re hoping he comes through, regardless.

One thing is certain though: he’s definitely got the Hendrix look down pat (scroll down for more photos).

When he discussed the project back in 2004 with the New York Daily News, he said he wanted to capture Hendrix’s duality:

“Jimi was wild onstage,” Andre said. “Offstage, he was really calm.” The Georgia rapper, whose real name is Andre Benjamin, certainly looks serene in the early photos (see pics below).

The film, directed by John Ridley, traces Hendrix’s life in England in 1966-67, when he recorded his classic debut album, “Are You Experienced?.” Unfortunately, Hendrix’ estate won’t allow his music to be used in the film which could also hurt its chances for success. We assume the produces have some tricks up their sleeves as far as the films music is concerned. At least we hope so.

Set to star alongside Andre 3000 are Hayley Atwell (“Captain America: First Avenger”) and Imogen Poots (“Fright Night”).

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Jimi Hendrix himself

andre 3000 as jimi hendrix

andre 3000 as jimi hendrix

andre 3000 as jimi hendrix