Bob Marley: One Love” Biopic Aims to Resurrect Reggae Icon’s Legacy on the Silver Screen


Bob Marley’s indelible impact on reggae and his profound influence on global culture are set to be celebrated in a new biographical film, “Bob Marley: One Love.” Produced by Rita Marley, alongside children Ziggy and Cedella, and executive produced by Brad Pitt, the film is directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green. British actors Kingsley Ben-Adir and Lashana Lynch undertake the challenging task of portraying the iconic duo, Bob and Rita Marley.

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At the London premiere, Ziggy Marley highlighted the film’s primary purpose: “mainly to spread his message more, to put his message into a different medium; film, to reach another generation.” Emphasizing the positive essence of “One Love,” Ziggy noted its broader impact on the world.

Born in Jamaica in 1945, Bob Marley, whose chart-topping hits include “No Woman, No Cry,” “Jamming,” and “I Shot the Sheriff,” left an enduring musical legacy before succumbing to cancer in 1981 at the age of 36.

Set against the backdrop of 1976 Kingston, the movie explores Marley’s pivotal peace concert amid political turmoil. It later follows the artist’s move to London following a surviving an assassination attempt, capturing the recording of the iconic album “Exodus.” Flashbacks delve into Marley’s formative years, unraveling the layers of his captivating life.

For Kingsley Ben-Adir, who previously portrayed Malcolm X and Barack Obama, embodying Marley’s essence, including his Jamaican patois, was a multifaceted challenge. The actor, 37, delved into Marley’s language, music, and vulnerabilities, describing the icon as both a tough man and a gentleman.

Despite not being a musician himself, Ben-Adir immersed himself in learning about music, illustrating his dedication to the role. During breaks on the set of “Barbie,” where he played one of the Kens, he continued his preparation in the Mojo Dojo Casa.

“Bob Marley: One Love” is poised for a global cinema release on Feb. 14, inviting audiences to experience the profound story of a musical legend.

Godwin Okafor
Godwin Okafor
Godwin Okafor is a veteran Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur, and the visionary Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. With an extensive career spanning over 16 years in financial journalism, Godwin possesses a wealth of experience that seamlessly bridges both traditional and digital media landscapes. His journey in journalism commenced at Business Day, Nigeria, where he laid the foundation for his prolific career. In 2010, Godwin took a bold step by founding Naija247news Media, a platform that has since become a prominent player in delivering timely and accurate news. Educationally, Godwin Okafor holds a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the prestigious Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. His commitment to continuous learning led him to the Lagos Business School, where he further honed his skills. Additionally, he is recognized as a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania, having successfully completed the Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists. Throughout his illustrious career, Godwin has earned acclaim by winning numerous journalism awards, a testament to his dedication to excellence in reporting. Beyond his role as a Financial Journalist, Godwin Okafor wears the hat of the Chairman at Emmerich Resources Limited, the publishing entity behind Naija247news. His visionary leadership has played a pivotal role in shaping the media landscape and establishing Naija247news as a trusted source of information. Godwin Okafor's multifaceted expertise, commitment to journalistic integrity, and leadership in the realm of business journalism underscore his influential presence in both the media and entrepreneurial spheres.

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