Hip-hop star Andre 3000 'to play Jimi Hendrix'

Andre 3000 Andre 3000 gained fame as one half of flamboyant hip-hop duo OutKast

Andre 3000 of hip-hop duo OutKast is to play guitar legend Jimi Hendrix in a new film, according to a report.

The movie, titled All Is By My Side, will start filming in Ireland in three weeks time, according to the Irish Film & Television Network website.

A spokeswoman for the film said she could not confirm any details.

The rapper, real name Andre Benjamin, has been long-rumoured to star as Hendrix after other projects were blocked by the late guitarist's estate.

The Irish Film & Television Network reported that All Is By My Side would be directed by John Ridley, who wrote the script for Three Kings and U-Turn.

The website said the story would focus on Hendrix's breakthrough in London in 1966 and '67.

Benjamin, 36, has previously starred in a string of films and TV shows including Be Cool and Four Brothers.

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