Paramount has released the first trailer for Bob Marley: One Love, the biopic on the reggae icon Bob Marley. Starring Kingsley Ben-Adir as Marley, the biopic by King Richard director Reinaldo Marcus Green is set to hit theaters on January 12 next year.
Bob Marley: One Love looks at Marley’s early years in Jamaica to his rise in music. The trailer also highlights the assassination attempt on Marley’s life and how that didn’t stop him from performing at a concert two days later.
Ben-Adir, who learned to play guitar for the biopic, stars alongside Lashana Lynch, who plays Marley’s wife Rita. Marley’s wife, their son Ziggy, and their daughter Cedella were all producers on the project. “People will deepen their connection to Bob and honor Bob in the right way,” Ziggy recently said of his father’s biopic.
Throughout his life, Marley promoted the rights of the poor and oppressed people, social equality, and justice, and that was largely due to his beliefs and spirituality as a Rastafarian. He earned wide acclaim as one of the best musicians of all time thanks to hits like “No Woman, No Cry”, arguably his most successful hit ever. The song, made famous by Bob Marley & the Wailers in 1974, would later be covered by a number of stars including Linkin Park, Nina Simone, The Fugees, and more. The song portrays what life was like for Marley as a teen “in the government yard in Trenchtown”.
Watch the trailer for the reggae legend’s biopic below: