Earlier this week, it seemed everything was looking good for All is By My Side. The long in development biopic about Jimi Hendrix had found its lead actor, and production is set to kick off very soon. However, there still has to be some cast other than the role of Hendrix involved. Now, two actresses are joining the upcoming feature, but it seems the major problem happens to be a large issue with the Jimi Hendrix Estate.
In a press release issued, it’s been confirmed that Hayley Atwell (Captain America) and Imogen Poots (Fright Night) will both have role within the film next to Andre 3000, who is playing the main role of Hendrix. It’s unclear who either will be playing yet, but they’ll be involved with the filming set to begin in just a few weeks. This is Atwell’s second casting of the week, as it was announced she’ll be playing the main role in the semi-sequel 10 Things I Hate About Life.
However, this all depends if the film does in fact being filming in the next month, as it has been revealed that there is a major issue at hand. Revealed via a statement in the Wall Street Journal, the Hendrix estate in the form of the company known as Experience Hendrix has said that they’ve “made it known many times in the past that no such film, were it to include original music or copyrights created by Jimi Hendrix, can be undertaken without its full participation.”
What does this mean? Ultimately as of right now, there can be absolutely none of Hendrix’s music played in the film. So, how do we have a biopic about a rock god without any rock? That’s certainly a major obstacle to overcome. As of right now, the project has not revealed if they will in fact partner with the company, if Experience Hendrix will throw a lawsuit towards the film, or even if the project will have to be delayed due to the issue.
Written and to be directed by John Ridley, the film follows Hendrix’s early years before he become very popular, and when he was discovered by Linda Keith, model and girlfriend to The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards. It’ll detail Hendrix finally meeting the manager that gave him a break to launch his career, and how he eventually went on to record his first album that began his rocketing success.
The film is currently set to shoot in Ireland, and we’ll keep you updated on just what the hell is happening surrounding the production and the Hendrix estate.