Who should play Jimi Hendrix? Lenny Kravitz?

155838__lennyjimi_lLenny Kravitz as Jimi Hendrix in a biopic?

In this week’s Entertainment Weekly, the music staff tried to follow up on the rumor (first floated here), but Kravitz’s reps would neither confirm or deny it. Such casting would be a no-brainer, though, given the rocker’s obvious stylistic debts to Hendrix.

Still, I think the 41-year-old Kravitz is a bit long in the tooth to play a guy who died at 27. (Plus, there’s the little question of his untested acting skills.) I remember Laurence Fishburne telling me about his dream of starring in a Hendrix biopic (this was about 10 years ago, shortly after he’d played Ike Turner), but Morpheus is looking more like Barry White than Jimi these days. So, who should play Mr. Purple Haze? I nominate CSI‘s Gary Dourdan, who proved at this year’s Emmys that he can actually sing. (Remember, he sang the theme to The Jeffersons, a show that costarred Roxie Roker, Kravitz’s mom. Small world.)

But I’m open to your suggestions, PopWatchers. Who do you want to see in Hendrix’s purple haze?

addCredit(“Lenny Kravitz: Phillippe Merle/AFP/Getty Images;Jimi Hendrix: Hulton Archive/Getty Images”)

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  • tim

    Andre 3000 would be perfect as Jimi. He has a similar look and style and we all know his musical abilities

  • V.M.L.

    Just because Lenny is black and is a rock star doesn’t mean he should play Jimi. Let someone else be casted.

    • kid

      amy adams is playing janis joplin and shes in her 30s and janis joplin was 27 so i think lenny kravitz should play hendrix and besides jimi did look kinda 40 i think it would work

  • Cletis

    Only problem with Andre 3000 is that he doesn’t sound enough like Jimi.

  • Nate

    Well if Kevin Spacey could play Bobby Darin i don’t see why Lenny can play Jimi….as long as he can act, i mean the man worships the guitar legend so he would go the extra mile to be as faitful and to honor him in ways someone else wouldn’t.

  • Andy

    Whoever wrote that column and said that Gary Dourdan should be Jimi because he can sing obviously doesn’t know Jimi. Jimi was most self-conscious about his voice, which was undoubtedly the weakest point of his act (yet distinguished him even higher as a guitar God since he relied on his axe so much more). I’d say Kravitz’ voice sounds most like Jimi but he doesn’t have the look. Andre 3000 is the best choice for me.

  • Andy

    However, the Hendrix estate turned down the possibility of a Jimi movie last year by not allowing any original Jimi songs to be used.

  • Chris

    Andre 3000 is the best choice. Period! As for him not sounding like Jimmi who cares? Jamie Foxx did sing in Ray and he won an Oscar.

  • yellowbastard

    I think that Terrance Deshawn Howard should play J.H. From his recent work in “Hustle & Flow” to his scene stealing days in “The Best Man,” he has a smouldering intensity and sexiness that J.H. exuded. It doesn’t hurt that Mr. Howard sings AND plays guitar. I hope he is considered.

  • mat jones

    You know, call me crazy BUT as a guitarist, I seem to remember that Jimi Hendrix was known for um… PLAYING A FREAKING GUITAR! Who cares about the vocals. He wasn’t a vocal pioneer. He didn’t have a huge range. It wouldn’t be hard for a guy to sound close enough like him to pass. Whoever plays him is most likely NOT going to be doing the guitar parts on the soundtrack. That’s all that REALLY matters. If they don’t do that, then go ahead and dub the vocals, too. At that point, just cast the BEST ACTOR.
    Actually, I think Andre 3000 could look like him. Maybe Ice-T

  • Julie

    I know Jimi was more of a guitarist than a vocalist, but I agree with Gary Dourdan -we need to see more of him!!!!! I love the idea of him playing Jimi. Terrence Howard makes me sit up and take notice too, but as fine an actor as he is, I’m having a hard time seeing him in the role.

  • Raboog

    Andre 3000 was actually in talks to star at Jimi… At least, according to him. I think he could do the damn thing. You know who else would be good? Wood Harris.

  • Ron

    I think that Larenz Tate should play JH. He’s got the youth, musical ability, and he even has the acting chops to boot. Here’s a link to his filmography: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005478/

  • Pleas76

    Lenny Kravitz does not deserve the satisfaction of playing Jimi. The man has already made enough money pretending to be Jimi Hendrix. Andre 3000 is the only one with enough soul to play Hendrix.

  • lysha

    Andre 3000 hands down. If you can’t see that then you are crazy. Andre 3000 is currently working on his acting skills, maybe he can sound like Jimi. Wood Harris was a better choice than Lenny.

  • Melanie

    I think that Lenny Kravitz would be the obvious BETTER choice to play Jimi Hendrix. Nevertheless that he and Hendrix are very similar music wise. He’d rock as Jimi and I’d go see the movie. Lenny is also the hottest compared to the other guys “nominated” for the role!

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