With the estate of Jimi Hendrix refusing to grant rights for his music, the upcoming biopic about the legendary rocker will instead see André 3000 covering The Beatles, Muddy Waters, and more, according to Rolling Stone.
As previously reported, All Is By My Side documents Hendrix’s period in England from 1966-1967 while he was gearing up for the release of his debut album. André 3000, who plays in Hendrix in the film, recorded covers that the musician performed during this time, including “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, “Wild Thing”, “Hound Dog”, Muddy Waters’ “Mannish Boy”, and Elmore James’ “Bleeding Heart”. For these new recordings, André 3000 teamed up with guitarist Waddy Wachtel (Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks), bassist Leland Sklar (Jackson Browne, Phil Collins), and drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp) in Los Angeles.
Because the film focuses on Hendrix’s “pre-fame era,” producers did not feel it was necessary to approach the musician’s estate. ‘This is the story of Jimi being discovered as a backup musician and how he went to London and became Jimi Hendrix,” producer Sean McKittrick told Rolling Stone.
Principal photography for the film is expected to wrap this week, and producers then hope to take the film to Sundance in early 2013 for possible release next year. A soundtrack album featuring the André 3000-sung covers is also in discussion, reports Rolling Stone.