Anthony Mackie is Set to Play Jimi Hendrix

We have just learned that Anthony Mackie is set to play Jimi Hendrix in the latest incarnation of the long-gestating project Jimi, which was formerly known as Crosstown Traffic.

Writer-helmer Ol Parker (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) has come aboard to direct Jimi from his own screenplay.

The authorized biopic (sorry Andre 3000) was originally set to be directed by Paul Greengrass, but there’s no word on whether he’s still involved. The project lost steam in 2010 following objections from Hendrix’s estate over the script’s portrayal of the legendary rock star.

Parker’s real life wife Thandie Newton co-stars in the film, which chronicles the last nine days of Hendrix’s life.

Noomi Rapace is being eyed for a supporting role, possibly to play Hendrix’s former Swedish actress girlfriend Kathy Etchingham.

The upcoming film was announced this weekend at the Cannes Film Festival.