The Daily Mail has published the very first stills from the forthcoming Bob Marley biopic, which will be directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, who was also behind acclaimed biopic King Richard last year, the film also features Lashana Lynch – who will be portraying Bob’s wife Rita.
Kingsley Ben-Adir was spotted filming for the upcoming Bob Marley biopic movie for the first time earlier this week in London.
The actor, 36, known for his role in Peaky Blinders, transformed into the late Jamaican musician with a 70s inspired costume for the first bout of filming.
Looking at the life, career and tragic 1981 death of the legendary reggae singer, the yet-to-be named film will reportedly have his family serving as producers on set.
Transforming London into Paris, the scenes are thought to be recreating the moment Bob and his bandmates Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer arrived at their hotel in the French capital by coach (which never occurred – The Wailers split in 1973/74 and Marley didn’t make it to Paris until 1977).
Kingsley could be seen through the window of a bus, before coming off to a swarm of adoring fans hoping for autographs.
The film is also thought to be heading to the music icon’s home country of Jamaica to film some scenes of the biopic.
The musical legend died of cancer in 1981 at age 36, but his wife Rita Marley, daughter Cedella Marley and son Ziggy Marley will serve as producers on set, according to Deadline.
The actor does not have a musical background, with director Reinaldo previously sharing that he chose him for his acting, not musical talent.
Despite Kingsley playing a musical legend, the actor does not have a musical background, with director Reinaldo previously sharing that he chose him for his acting, not musical talent.
The director told The Observer: “I was more interested in his acting. The same way that I approached King Richard, the two young actresses that play Venus and Serena [Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton] had no sports capabilities whatsoever. It’s about being great actors – and then training.”
I will reserve judgement until I have seen the final product, however, there already seems to be major problems with historical facts in the story. My concern is not with Kingsley. This young man is a phenomenal actor and I truly believe he can pull this off. My concern is with the script. No performance, no matter how sensational, can survive a terrible script.
“Time Will Tell…”