Cannes 2014 News – Anthony Mackie To Play Jimi Hendrix In 'Jimi' Project w/ Thandie Newton
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Cannes 2014 News – Anthony Mackie To Play Jimi Hendrix In 'Jimi' Project w/ Thandie Newton

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Move over Andre Benjamin. You’re not the only

game in town anymore. It was announced at the Cannes Film Festival that Anthony

Mackie will portray rock legend Jimi

Hendrix in the film Jimi, based on a screenplay by British screenwriter and director Ol

Parker who will also direct the project.

The film, which

has been in development for years, with Mackie always attached as Hendrix under its original title Crosstown Traffic, was originally set to be directed by Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips, The Bourne Supremacy,

The Bourne Ultimatum, The Green Zone). 

However the

project fell apart four years ago when Hendrix’s estate objected to how the

famed guitarist was portrayed in the script, which deals with the last nine

days of his life. The situation has evidently now been resolved, and the project is set to start shooting soon.

Co-starring in

the film will be Thandie Newton, who is

also Parker’s real life wife. And talks are currently underway to get Noomi Rapace to play Hendrix’s former Swedish

actress girlfriend Kathy Etchingham.

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