Who should play Bob Marley?

Bobmarley_lI’m glad there’s going to be a Bob Marley biopic, though I’m ambivalent about his widow, Rita Marley, being so closely involved. Not because she’ll present a sanitized portrait of her late husband; she seems committed to a warts-and-all portrayal. Rather, I’m worried about her casting choices. She thinks she should be played by daughter-in-law Lauryn Hill; as impressive as the Fugees singer was in Sister Act 2, I’m not sure she’s, um, present enough to take on this weighty role. Rita also thinks her grandson Stefan should play the teenage Bob, though the boy has apparently never been in a movie before. At least she hasn’t yet suggested an actor to play the adult Bob. My pick would be Don Cheadle, but I’m open to suggestions, whether or not Mrs. Marley is too.

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  • new yorker

    How about Ben Harper? The man makes good music, and he’s not really an actor either, but being a fan of his, I know that he could find the essence of Bob Marley within himself and the music. Gary Dourdan of CSI would be another good choice. He’s also musically inclined, and I’m sure he could rock that role. Rita Marley may prove to be a bit trickly, but if I were the director and casting director, I would consider Sophie Okonedo.

  • Saph

    I think Mos Def would be a great choice for the role.

  • tia77

    Agree with New Yorker as Gary Dourdan (Warrick- CSI) is a dead ringer and my first thought. And he’s an accomplished musician, playing several instruments (not sure about his singing voice though…)

  • Melissa

    I agree — Mos Def. Or, if he’s not available, how about Chiwetel Ejiofor?

  • p

    jason castro, done.

  • Torin

    I think that Chiwetel Ejiofor could do great things with this role. He is versatile and talented, and I think that he has a natural swagger that Marley seemed to have — confident without being cocky.

  • KateDFW

    I vote for Lenny Kravitz! The man can sing and it way too sexy!

  • NineDaves

    cate blanchett.

  • jcarla

    Jesse L. Martin. We know the man can sing AND act.

  • Jason

    Fred Armisen

  • Annie B.

    Jason Castro!
    KIDDING.

  • Ryan

    I think Djimon Hounsou would be a good Marley.

  • Lynny

    I agree- Mos Def or Chiwetel Ejiofor. Don Cheadle is great, but too old, unfortunately. He is nearly 10 years older than Marley when he died. That Gary Dourdan has the look, but I’ve never seen his work. This could get interesting.

  • EP Sato

    Chiwetel Ejiofor’s good, because he excells in his roles. I also like Alex Dessert (the black guy in ‘Swingers’). Alex is a decent enough actor, has proven he can look natural in dreads, and used to be the lead singer of a ska/reggae band.
    Agreed about Lauren Hill though. She seems a little space-casey for the role.

  • OCab

    Denzel Washington…nuff said

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