Project reunites rapper with Jimi: All Is By My Side writer/director John Ridley
Andre 3000 will star in the forthcoming second season of US anthology crime drama series American Crime.
Created by John Ridley, the show premiered on ABC last year and is set to return with an all-new storyline, with many of its actors playing different characters. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Outkast rapper – real name Andre Benjamin – will play Michael Lacroix, a Midwest architect whose son becomes embroiled in a scandal at an elite private school.
Ridley is also known for penning the 12 Years A Slave screenplay, as well as writing and directing the Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side, which starred Benjamin as the rock legend.
“Personally, I couldn’t be more excited than to work again with Andre,” Ridley said. “He is an amazing individual, a true artist, and All Is By My Side is one of the reasons I was given the reins on American Crime. Folks at ABC were absolutely moved by Andre’s performance in the film, and by the overall language of cinema we used in telling the story. It’s fair to say American Crime might not exist were it not for our previous collaboration.”
Andre has racked up acting credits on Be Cool, Four Brothers and Idlewild, among other movies. Last year he admitted his concerns that he was ‘too old’ to play Hendrix before signing on to the project.
“I didn’t know if I was too old to play the part,” said Benjamin, who has since turned 40. “But John was really persistent, and he kept at it. So I just kind of said, ‘All right, let’s do it.'”