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Paul Greengrass to direct long-in-the-works Jimi Hendrix biopic for Legendary

It’s all finally happening: The authoritative Jimi Hendrix movie with a big cosign from the family estate is on the way, Deadline reported Thursday. Director Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips) will helm the project, while 8 Mile writer Scott Silver is on board for script duties. 

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Video: First trailer for Jimi Hendrix biopic 'Jimi: All Is By My Side'

Make this Fourth of July weekend all about Jimi Hendrix. First, head to YouTube and listen to the legendary guitarist’s epic rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Seriously, it’s a must.

And then watch the Jimi: All Is By My Side trailer below, the first trailer for the upcoming Hendrix biopic starring Outkast’s Andre Benjamin:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-KPOxqMazI

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Andre Benjamin is Jimi Hendrix: See the singer's soft side in first 'All is By My Side' clip -- EXCLUSIVE

Filmmakers have been trying to bring Jimi Hendrix’s life to the big screen for decades, and with JIMI: All is By My Side, John Ridley has finally succeeded where directors Paul Greengrass and the Hughes brothers had been stymied in recent years. The Oscar-winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave brought the iconic rock star, who died in 1970 at the age of 27, back to life with the help of André Benjamin.

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Jimi Hendrix on PBS 'American Masters': Taking a rock legend seriously

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Image Credit: Everett Collection

The venerable PBS series American Masters – deep-dish documentary portraits of American artists – has a tradition of healthy eclecticism, incorporating select figures from popular culture into its generally highbrow mix. In the years since the series began in 1985, its subjects have included such diverse pop giants as Woody Allen, the Doors, Clint Eastwood, Annie Leibovitz, Marvin Gaye, Jeff Bridges, and Johnny Carson.

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Toronto 2013: Andre Benjamin plays Jimi Hendrix in a very novel biopic

All Is By My Side

Image Credit: Film Images

I’m a sucker for biopics and always have been, but I understand why they’re often thought of as a second-rate form. In a sense, each one is trying to tell two stories at once: the chronicle of its subject’s artistic or political or whatever other worldly achievement (the thing that made us hungry to see a biopic about him or her in the first place), and, at the same time, the private, tumultuous “human drama” of it all.

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