'All Is By My Side' tells the story of a pre-fame Hendrix in London
The musician – real name Andre Benjamin – is taking the starring role in the new film, which is currently shooting in Ireland, though is actually set in London. The film will not feature any music or songs by Hendrix himself, as the late guitarist’s estate have not granted permission for them to be used.
In the movie, reports Rolling Stone, Andre will perform a host of songs which Hendrix covered in the 1960s, including The Beatles‘ ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, as well as classic songs ‘Wild Thing’ and ‘Hound Dog’, in addition to Muddy Waters’ ‘Mannish Boy’ and Elmore James’ ‘Bleeding Heart’.
The new versions of the tracks were recorded in Los Angeles by a band of seasoned session musicians, including guitarist Waddy Wachtel, bassist Leland Sklar and drummer Kenny Aronoff.
Shooting on the film is set to finish this week and it is expected to debut at the Sundance Film Festival, with a projected cinema release in early 2013. The film’s producer Sean McKittrick says: “Andre has been Jimi for four months now. He speaks and walks like Jimi. He dropped a ton of weight. The transformation has been amazing.”