A fellow whose face has graced as many t-shirts as Argentine revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara (talk about strange bedfellows), iconic reggae musician Bob Marley will be the subject of director Kevin Macdonald’s upcoming documentary, simply titled Marley.
Marley’s son and fellow singer-songwriter, Ziggy, will co-produce the project, which will shoot on location in areas such as Ghana, Japan, the UK, and of course Marley’s Jamaican homeland.
Generally credited as having popularized ska, rocksteady, and reggae music on a global scale, Marley was the lead singer and guitarist of The Wailers from 1974 up until his death in 1981. His biggest hits include tunes like “No Woman, No Cry,” “Jamming,” “I Shot the Sheriff,” and the posthumous release “Buffalo Soldiers” (among several others). His compilation album, Legend (also released following Marley’s death from skin cancer at age 36) remains the best-selling reggae album to date.
In an official press release, Macdonald had the following to say:
“I was already intrigued by the Marley story but the way in which this film is developing, as we delve through the archive materials and interview key characters in his life, has surpassed my expectations. What made Bob tick is probably unanswerable but viewers will certainly feel that they know him a little better after seeing our documentary. I am grateful to the Marley family for entrusting me with their heritage.”
Macdonald is well-versed in the field of documentary filmmaking, having been the creative force behind acclaim flicks like Touching the Void and the experimental YouTube project, Life in a Day, which premiered last week at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. He was also the director of The Last King of Scotland, a well-regarded dramatization that featured an Oscar-winning turn by Forest Whitaker as the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, and helmed one of next week’s wide releases – the swords & sandals adventure, The Eagle.
Marley will hit theaters worldwide in late 2011, in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the musician’s untimely death.
Source: Coming Soon
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