In a movie biopic...
Scott Colothan

10:58 24th March 2006

A music industry executive has revealed that she hopes to cast Lenny Kravitz as Jimi Hendrix in a movie biopic.

Elle Von Lear has been involved in a lengthy legal wrangle to eventually acquire the rights to use the names, likeness and performances of the legend.

The film will apparently question the circumstances up to the death of Hendrix and touch upon Hendrix’s collaboration with Mick Jagger.

Von Lear said: "I know exactly what happened to Jimi Hendrix. I have the autopsy reports and I have unsealed all the court records regarding Jimi Hendrix's legacy.

”It took years due to all the US and UK litigation. "Our goal is to do a proper major feature film that finally tells the real shocking story (of Jimi's life and death).

”Now I can do what he intended for his legacy and I plan to start by making a The Doors-type film about Jimi's life.

"It will be heavily music-driven with all those great Hendrix original recordings. "Right now I'm looking for the right director, but I have David Fincher and Dominic Sena in mind, and I'm not ruling out Quentin Tarantino or Clint Eastwood.

"I've always liked the idea of Lenny Kravitz playing Jimi, but he might be a bit long in the tooth now. If not him, we'll be looking for an unknown," quotes contact music.

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