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Rapper Andre 3000 Might Play Jimi Hendrix in Indie Film

Actress Hayley Atwell, who will star in "Captain America" this summer, let it slip to Esquire magazine that her next project might be a Jimi Hendrix biopoic starring rapper Andre 3000 (whose real name is Andre Benjamin) in the title role.

Apparently, Andre has been pushing for this project for several years.

Seven years ago, the Outkast rapper told the New York Daily News that he was excited about portraying the two sides of Hendrix's persona onscreen. "Jimi was wild onstage," he said. "Offstage, he was really calm."

Laurence Fishburne and Lenny Kravitz also have thrown their hats into the ring to bring the guitarist's story to life over the years, but securing rights has been a tough process; Janie Hendrix, Jimi's stepsister, manages Experience Hendrix, the gatekeeper of the guitarist's estate.

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Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor, and his non-Pulitzer-Prize-winning stories have appeared in Guitar Aficionado, Vintage Guitar, Total Guitar and countless other publications, including 13.7 metric tons of daily newspapers. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton and Ty Tabor chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab) (one of which appears in the 2015 Disney film 'Tomorrowland' starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson). He's in two NYC-area bands and plays Teles with four-way switches, B-benders and semi-snazzy aftermarket pickups. He quotes Terry-Thomas twice daily.