Monday, 26 May 2014

Anthony Mackie set to play Jimi Hendrix

Thanks in part to a consistent work load – including his recent role as Sam 'Falcon' Wilson in Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Anthony Mackie is in demand at the moment. It also appears he may get to finally realise an ambition and play Jimi Hendrix on the big screen, as Ol Parker (Imagine Me & You) has come aboard to direct Jimi.

The film, once called Crosstown Traffic, was set up a few years ago with Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips) interested in directing Mackie in a story about the last nine days of the legendary rock star's life. Back then, the Hendrix estate objected to his portrayal, and the project fell apart. Now, with Parker aboard and the issues seemingly worked out, the renamed Jimi should be gearing up to shoot this year.

Parker already has his wife, actress Thandie Newton (The Pursuit Of Happiness), ready to co-star and has approached Noomi Rapace (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) about playing the rocker's ex-girlfriend, Kathy Etchingham. This is not the only Hendrix film out there, John Ridley (12 Years A Slave) has written and directed Jimi: All Is By My Side, which stars Andre Benjamin (Revolver) as the main man and is set to arrive here on 8 August.

As for Mackie, he's recently completed work on Shelter and A Many Splintered Thing, with John Hillcoat's (Lawless) Triple Nine next on his busy schedule.

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