After an extensive, year-long search, Paramount Pictures has found their leading man.
British actor Kingsley Ben-Adir, fresh off of playing Malcolm X in One Night in Miami, will portray Bob Marley in the studio’s biopic about the reggae icon.
Reinaldo Marcus Green will helm the film and he is re-teaming up with Zach Baylin, who will pen the screenplay. Green and Baylin both worked on the Oscar-nominated film King Richard. Green directed and Baylin wrote the screenplay.
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The studio has not disclosed specific plot details, but the film will focus on Marley’s life and career.
Considered the pioneer of reggae music, Marley, a native of Jamaica, began performing in 1963 with The Wailers. He went solo more than a decade later in 1974 and had a profound impact on the music landscape before he died of cancer in 1981 at the age of 36.
However in that short lifetime he changed the landscape of music, introducing generations to reggae with such songs as “Get Up, Stand Up,” “One Love,” “No Woman, No Cry,” “Could You Be Loved,” “Buffalo Soldier,” “Jammin’” and “Redemption Song.”
The upcoming musical movie is being made with support from Marley’s family. His children, Ziggy and Cedella Marley and his wife, Rita Marley will produce on behalf of Tuff Gong. Robert Teitel will also serve as a producer.
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This month, per Jam Bands, Ziggy Marley announced plans for a one-off tribute concert to his father in London. Set to place at the O2 Academy Brixton in June, the show will mark the 50th anniversary of Bob Marley’s first time touring the United Kingdom.