News: Andre 3000's Rollin' Purple Haze, Lands Music Legend Biopic Role

Thursday, Jul 7, 2011 4:40PM

Written by Biz Jones

OutKast's Andre 3000 is headed back to Hollywood as reports suggest he will take on the role of late rock star Jimi Hendrix in an upcoming biopic.

According to Captain American actress Hayley Atwell, Dre is the film's star.

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... I love how I call them Team Atwell because each of them works with fifty other people as well. Sometimes they forget who I am. I was on the phone with a member of Team Atwell once, and we chatted for like half an hour and he said, "I really loved you in that film." And I said, "I wasn't in that film." Team Atwell doesn't even know who Hayley Atwell is. (Esquire)

In the past, Dre discussed his hopes to portray Hendrix's life on film.

In an interview with the Daily News seven years ago, the OutKast rapper said he was excited about portraying the two sides of Hendrix's persona onscreen, though no project ever materialized. "Jimi was wild onstage," he said. "Offstage, he was really calm." The film never came to be, however. (New York Daily News)

In 2010, Young Money's Drake credited the late Hendrix for inspiring his Light Drams & Nightmares tour visuals.

"It's a really stunning setup, heavily influenced by Jimi Hendrix," Drake told MTV News. "Not necessarily in any set that he designed, but more so his music and his vibe. It's called the Light Dreams and Nightmares Tour -- it's very psychedelic. It's very much based on day and night, like times of day, and I carry you through a full day in the show. It's really cool, and I'm enjoying it. It's great to have those elements." (MTV)

The late rock star passed away in 1970.

Hendrix, who is considered to be one of the greatest electric guitarists of all time, cut his stardom short by ingesting a lethal dosage of Vesperex sleeping pills. He was also found asphyxiated in his own vomit. Decades later Hendrix continues to receive posthumous accolades, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994, and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. (The Boom Box)

No further details have been revealed as of now.

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