Andre 3000 will play Jimi Hendrix in a film about his life.

The Outkast rapper will take on the role of the guitar legend in biopic 'All Is By My Side', which focuses on Jimi's career breakthrough around the time he moved to London in 1966.

The film will focus on the icon's exploits as he worked on his classic debut, 'Are You Experienced?'

While Andre bears a resemblance to the legendary 'The Wind Cries Mary' star, his guitar skills are not thought to be a close match, as he admitted his biggest hit, 'Hey Ya!', was based on the only four chords he knew how to play in 2002.

Filming on 'All Is By My Side' is set to go ahead in the next month in Ireland, but it is not known if the company making it has secured the rights to use any of Jimi's songs, as his estate has previously blocked all requests to do so.

The film has been a long time in the making, with Andre previously saying: ''Everybody wants to do the movie, but there are so many things that go into a biopic.

''It's kinda like, until you are on set doing it you can't say what's going on.''

Andre's previous film credits include his film/album concept 'Idlewild' with his Outkast partner Big Boi as well as parts in 'Be Cool', 'Four Brothers' and 'Semi-Pro'.