Kingsley Ben-Adir to Play Reggae Legend Bob Marley in Paramount Biopic

EXCLUSIVE: After a worldwide search that lasted almost a year, Paramount Pictures seems to have found the person to play Bob Marley in its biopic about the reggae legend. Sources tell Deadline that Kingsley Ben-Adir, who starred as Malcolm X in One night in Miami, was tapped to play the Jamaican icon, with King Richard director Reinaldo Marcus Green to direct.

Ziggy Marley, Rita Marley and Cedella Marley will also produce for Tuff Gong. Robert Teitel will also produce. The screenplay is by Frank E. Flowers and Terence Winter.

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Bob Marley died of cancer in 1981 at the age of 36, but in that short life he changed the landscape of music, introducing generations to reggae with songs such as “Get Up, Stand Up”, “One Love”, “No Woman, No Cry”. “, “Could You Be Loved”, “Buffalo Soldier”, “Jammin'”, and “Redemption Song”.

Like Ray Charles, Elton John, Freddy Mercury and the many other iconic musicians who have been portrayed on screen, the role of Bob Marley has been one of the most coveted roles in Hollywood over the past year. Sources say Paramount executives and Green have seen endless testing and met with dozens of actors vying for the role, but in recent weeks Ben-Adir has started to put himself in pole position before finally winning. the role.

Ben-Adir’s star has been on the rise since his Netflix breakout role the OA, but recent performances playing iconic characters have brought more success. Although brief, his portrayal of President Barack Obama on Showtime Comey’s Rule garnered instant praise and her pitch-perfect performance as Malcolm X in the Regina King-helmed One night in Miami had it in the talk of awards season last year.

He recently joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as he’s set to play the villain in Marvel’s secret invasion, with Samuel L. Jackson.

He is replaced by CAA, Range Media Partners and B-Side Management.

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