Iconic reggae singer Bob Marley is getting the Hollywood treatment. Bob Marley: One Love, a biopic that covers three years of the musician’s life, will premiere on Feb. 14, 2024.
The movie will be released on Feb. 14, 2024 after getting pushed back from a January 2024 premiere.
Kingsley Ben-Adir stars as Bob Marley. His other film credits include One Night in Miami and Barbie, and he’s also had roles in the TV shows High Fidelity, Vera and Peaky Blinders. Ben-Adir’s casting was announced in February 2022.
Marley’s family is on board with the movie, as his son Ziggy Marley, Widow Rita Marley and daughter Cedella Marley are all serving as producers on the film.
“Nothing happens before it’s time and now is the time for the story of our father Bob Marley to be represented in a biopic theatrical release coming in 2024,” Ziggy Marley said in a statement posted to Instagram. “You’ve heard the music and you think you know the man but do you really understand what he went through and what moments shaped him into the person he became. … This film will bring you to witness for the first time what it was like to be around the legend, to see his pain his sorrows his joys and his redemption.”
The movie spans between 1976-1978. “You really need to understand that period of time to understand Bob the man, and what he was going through spiritually and emotionally as a father, as a husband, and as a musician,” director Reinaldo Marcus Green said in an interview with Blavity.
Much of the movie is filmed in Jamaica. As Green explained, “[It] was critical to our story that we were going to be casting real Jamaicans, shooting in Jamaica, we were going to be on the streets in Trench Town.”