Now, more than a year later, we get our first official look at Three Stacks as Hendrix, as an image from the film has been unveiled on the Toronto International Film Festival’s official site. And, we gotta say, with his blown out afro and stony focus, Dre looks pretty convincing.
“All Is By My Side” will make its world premiere at TIFF in September (the fest’s full schedule will be revealed on August 20), and focuses on the legendary guitarist’s years in London, shortly before the release of his Are You Experienced album. Sadly, it won’t feature any actual Hendrix songs, as his estate refused to grant producers the rights to his material.
Instead, the film will feature André 3000 performing covers of songs by the Beatles — Hendrix famously performed “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in a London club with members of the Fab Four in attendance — Elvis Presley, Muddy Waters and Elmore James.
Late last year, André spoke to SPIN about how the monumental task of playing Hendrix on the big screen … and from the sound of things, the erstwhile OutKast oddball didn’t shy away from spotlight. In fact, he found a kindred spirit in the late guitar great.
“In researching him, I saw a lot of the paths that he went down were the same ones that I went down when I was a young kid,” André said. “He did what he thought was right for his music. I always gravitated towards him. … This movie is the real s— right here. I think people will learn things they didn’t know.”