anthony mackie jimi Anthony Mackie To Play Jimi Hendrix In Jimi; Thandie Newton & Noomi Rapace Also Linked

While we’ll soon get to see Andre “Andre 3000″ Benjamin play the legendary musician, singer and songwriter in ‘All Is By My Side,’ it has been confirmed that Anthony Mackie is set to play Jimi Hendrix in a new incarnation of the long-gestating project ‘Jimi,’ which was formerly titled ‘Crosstown Traffic.’

Ol Parker (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) will direct from his own screenplay, which Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips, The Bourne Ultimatum) had once planned to direct with Mackie starring. The project fell apart in 2010 following objections from Jimi Hendrix’s estate over the script’s portrayal of the legendary rock star. The situation has evidently now been resolved, and the project is set to start shooting soon.

Thandie Newton, Ol Parker’s wife, will co-star in the film, which chronicles the last nine days of Jimi Hendrix’s life. Noomi Rapace is being eyed for a supporting role, possibly to play Hendrix’s former Swedish actress girlfriend Kathy Etchingham. Source: The Wrap.