Prepare for a Hollywood love affair with Bob Marley as Paramount Pictures brings his story to the silver screen in “Bob Marley: One Love,” set to debut this Valentine’s Day.
The biopic delves into the life of the legendary musician, but will his Delaware roots make the final edit? That’s a question awaiting an answer as fans eagerly anticipate the film’s release.
Sixty years ago, an 18-year-old Marley made the journey from Jamaica to Wilmington, Delaware, alongside his mother, Cedella Booker. Their time in the city, spanning from the 1950s to 1977, forms a crucial chapter in Marley’s life story. Cedella Booker’s marriage to Edward Booker, whom she met in Delaware, solidified their connection to the state. The family resided at 2313 Tatnall St., with Marley eventually acquiring the adjacent property at 2311 Tatnall St. During his time in Delaware, Marley worked various jobs, including a stint as a lab assistant at DuPont and later as a forklift operator at the Chrysler plant in Newark.
Despite his time in Delaware, Marley’s heart remained in Jamaica. Cedella Booker recalled his preference for solitude during his Delaware days, finding solace in his music and writing. His creative spirit thrived amidst the unfamiliar surroundings, with Marley often seen penning lyrics while strumming his guitar.
“Bob Marley: One Love” brings Marley’s story to life on the big screen, featuring Kingsley Ben-Adir in the lead role, under the direction of Reinaldo Marcus Green. The screenplay, penned by a team including Wilmington native Zach Baylin, promises to offer a captivating portrayal of the reggae icon’s life.
In honor of Marley’s ties to Wilmington, the annual Peoples Festival, established in 1994 by Ibis Pitts and his wife Genoveva “Genny,” will host a VIP red carpet premiere at Penn Cinema Riverfront 14 + IMAX on February 14th at 7 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet special guest Junior Marvin, guitarist for Marley’s band The Wailers, and engage in a post-screening Q&A session. Tickets for this exclusive event are available at peoplesfestival.com for $30, promising an unforgettable evening celebrating the enduring legacy of Bob Marley.