EXCLUSIVE: Following one other prolonged casting search, sources inform Deadline that Lashana Lynch has been tapped to play Bob Marley’s spouse, Rita, within the untitled Bob Marley pic for Paramount. Kingsley Ben-Adir has been set to painting the legendary Reggae singer with King Richard director Reinaldo Marcus Inexperienced helming.
Much like the casting of Bob, a big web was solid when it got here to discovering the best individual to play Rita together with trying to discover somebody with Jamaican descent (Lynch was born in England however her household comes from Jamaica). Following a number of assessments together with chemistry reads with Ben-Adir, Lynch not solely received over execs but in addition Rita and the Marley household, who all gave their blessing to the casting.
Rita, Ziggy and Cedella Marley can even produce on behalf of Tuff Gong. Robert Teitel can even produce. Script is by Zach Baylin, Frank E. Flowers and Terence Winter.
Bob Marley died of most cancers in 1981 at age 36, however in that quick lifetime he modified the panorama of music, introducing generations to reggae with such songs as “Get Up, Stand Up,” “One Love,” “No Lady, No Cry,” “Might You Be Beloved,” “Buffalo Soldier,” “Jammin’” and “Redemption Track.”
Whereas audiences bear in mind Bob for his impression on the Reggae scene and political activism, his and Rita’s love story has its personal timeless really feel to it and is equally important half to telling his unimaginable life story. The 2 met when Rita was a younger singer and Bob was nonetheless a member of the Wailers vocal trio. After she joined The Soulettes, Marley started mentoring the group, which finally led to the 2 falling in love.
Lynch is having herself fairly a second that begins together with her scene-stealing efficiency in the newest James Bond pic No Time to Die. On high of that she additionally was not too long ago see in Marvel’s Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity. Subsequent up for her is Sony’s The Lady King, which is already drawing award season buzz in addition to Netflix’s Matilda adaptation the place she performs Ms. Honey.
She is repped by CAA within the US, BWH Company within the UK, Danielle Robinson and Sloane Provide.