Bob Marley Biopic FIRST LOOK: Kingsley Ben-Adir morphs into the singer during filming in London
Bob Marley biopic FIRST LOOK: Kingsley Ben-Adir steps back in time as he transforms into the late reggae legend as he kicks off filming in London
Kingsley Ben-Adir was spotted for the first time in London earlier this week filming the upcoming Bob Marley biopic.
The 36-year-old actor, best known for his role in Peaky Blinders, transformed into the late Jamaican musician in a ’70s-inspired costume for the initial filming.
Reflecting on the life, career and tragic death of the legendary reggae singer in 1981, the yet to be announced film will reportedly have his family on set as producers.
Bob Marley Biopic FIRST LOOK: Kingsley Ben-Adir stepped back in time this week as he morphed into the late reggae legend as he kicked off filming in London
Kingsley acted out a scene in London, donning a pair of flared jeans and a red patterned sweater vest.
He added a khaki jacket over the ensemble and a tricolor knitted rasta hat over dreadlocks, recreate Bob’s signature look.
The cast around the main character had jumped back in time and all dressed in vintage ensembles to recreate the period.
Iconic: The actor donned a three-tone knitted Rasta hat over dreadlocks to recreate Bob’s signature look
Scary: Kingsley (left) looked like reggae legend Bob (right), who died in 1981
Retro: Kingsley donned a pair of flared jeans and a red patterned sweater vest
Back in Time: The scenes are designed to recreate the moment Bob and his bandmates Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer arrive at their hotel in Paris
The scenes that turn London into Paris are designed to recreate the moment Bob and his bandmates Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer arrive by bus at their hotel in the French capital.
Kingsley is seen through the window of a bus before approaching a bevy of adoring fans hoping for autographs.
The film is also believed to be heading to Jamaica, the music icon’s home country, to shoot some scenes of the biopic.
The music legend died of cancer in 1981 at the age of 36, but his wife Rita Marley, daughter Cedella Marley and son Ziggy Marley will serve as producers on the set, according to Deadline.
Complete Look: Kingsley added a khaki jacket to the ’70s ensemble
On tour: The star could be seen getting off a bus that was parked in front of the hotel
Fame: His character was greeted by a bevy of adoring fans and journalists
Bob rose to fame with his 1975 hit No Woman, No Cry before changing the music industry with a string of chart-topping hits.
Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, who also directed last year’s acclaimed biopic King Richard, the film also stars Lashana Lynch, who will portray Bob’s wife, Rita.
And although Kingsley plays a musical legend, the actor has no musical background, and director Reinaldo previously shared that he chose him for his acting talent, not his musical talent.
The director told The Observer: “I was more interested in his acting. Just as I approached King Richard, the two young actresses playing Venus and Serena [Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton] had no athletic ability. It’s about being great actors – and then training.”
Time Capsule: The set featured a large cast, all dressed in retro ensembles to resemble the era
Stunning: They all tried to take photos and get autographs from the star of the scene
Her and there: The film is also believed to head to the music icon’s home country of Jamaica to film some scenes in the biopic
Not a singer: And although Kingsley plays a musical legend, the actor has no musical background. Director Reinaldo Marcus Green previously shared that he chose him for his acting and not his musical talent
Explaining: The director told The Observer: ‘I was more interested in his acting’
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