Who's next? 42 star wants to play Jimi Hendrix

Apr 20, 2013 at 12:04 a.m. ET

Is Chadwick Boseman eyeing Jimi Hendrix? The actor's interested in playing the iconic musician in a feature film. After tackling Jackie Robinson's story, this is right up his alley.

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Remember the name Chadwick Boseman. He's the young actor making waves with his riveting performance in 42. In it, he plays the history-making baseball player Jackie Robinson opposite Harrison Ford. Last weekend, the film debuted at No. 1, so what's next for the newcomer?

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"I would love to play Jimi Hendrix," Boseman told The Hollywood Reporter. The actor has no reservations about doing another biopic. In fact, he thinks it would be a great service to the African-American community. More fact-based films would bring more stories to light.

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"People have said, 'You don't need to do any more biopics. You don't need to play any more real people.' I don't agree with that," Boseman explained. "As an African-American actor, a lot of our stories haven't been told. Seeing the response not just to this movie but other movies that have been made about historical figures, there is a thirst for that and it needs to be done more."

He continued: "It'd be foolish to say I wouldn't play another real person or historical figure. It just has to be the right one. It probably shouldn't be the next one."

Shortly after 42's release, Boseman's already scored his next role. He's in talks to star in the upcoming football comedy Draft Day. The film follows a team manager as he goes through the highs and lows of the NFL draft. Boseman will have a supporting role as a linebacker from Louisiana.

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