Jimi Hendrix film back on, says screenwriter Ol Parker

After a dispute with the Hendrix estate, Jimi, reportedly about the last nine days of Hendrix’s life, is said to star Anthony Mackie as the iconic guitarist

A new Jimi Hendrix movie is back on track, four years after it was abandoned due to a dispute with the guitarist's estate, according to the Wrap. Hendrix will reportedly be played by Anthony Mackie, opposite his real-life wife, Thandie Newton.

Mackie, whose past roles have included Tupac Shakur in Notorious, and a supporting part in The Hurt Locker, was originally supposed to play Hendrix in a movie directed by Paul Greengrass. But the film, previously known as Crosstown Traffic, ran into trouble with Hendrix's stepsister, Janie, who disapproved of aspects of the script. "[The project] didn't 'fall apart', it never was," she said in 2010. "When we do the Jimi Hendrix feature-film bio, we will be involved and in control from the beginning."

The Wrap reports that screenwriter Ol Parker has now addressed the estate's concerns and will direct the film himself. Now under the title Jimi, it's allegedly "among the hottest [movies] being shopped at Cannes". Besides Mackie and Newton, actress Noomi Rapace is also reportedly in talks to star; the Wrap speculates that she could play Hendrix's former girlfriend Kathy Etchingham.

Hendrix has recently been the subject of another biopic: John Ridley's All Is By My Side, which stars Andre 3000 as the Seattle-born musician. That movie was made without support from the Hendrix estate, forcing them to exclude any music written by the man himself. Whereas All Is By My Side focused on an early section of the guitarist's career, from 1966 to 1967, Jimi reportedly centres on "the last nine days of Hendrix’s life".

All Is By My Side is due to be released in the UK on 8 August.

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