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Casting Call

Andre 3000 says he'll play Jimi Hendrix. The OutKast hip-hopper says the Hughes Brothers will direct the musical biopic

OutKast's Andre 3000 may succeed where Laurence Fishburne failed, in getting a biopic of guitar god Jimi Hendrix off the ground. The ''Hey Ya!'' singer confirmed recent rumors, telling the New York Daily News that he'll star as the '60s rocker in a movie to be directed by Allen and Albert Hughes (''Menace II Society,'' ''From Hell'').

The 28-year-old Andre (a year older than Hendrix was when he died in 1970) tells the Daily News that the film will capture the contrast between Hendrix's incendiary onstage persona and his private self. ''Jimi was wild onstage,'' the hip-hopper says. ''Offstage, he was really calm.'' Despite Dre's musical talent, he says he won't be miming Hendrix's unorthodox fretwork in the film. (A southpaw, Hendrix played a right-handed guitar upside-down.) ''I won't do my own guitar playing,'' he says. ''It will probably be someone who knows Jimi's style inside and out.''

He is, however, eager to re-enact Hendrix's notorious encounter with the Plaster Casters, two groupies who famously made sculptures of several rockers' genitals, molded from the real thing. As Cynthia Plaster Caster has said, Hendrix had difficulty after the casting session getting, um, relaxed enough to extricate himself from the mold. ''I think that has to be part of the movie,'' Andre says. ''Has to be.''

It's not clear who will distribute the Hendrix film, or when it will shoot. Dre, who made his movie debut last year as a musician in Harrison Ford's ''Hollywood Homicide,'' has several movie projects on his plate. He's currently playing another musician in ''Be Cool,'' the ''Get Shorty'' sequel currently filming with John Travolta and Uma Thurman. And he and OutKast partner Big Boi plan to film a movie later this year loosely inspired by their Grammy-winning album ''Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.''

Originally posted Mar 05, 2004