Wife of Bob Marley, Rita Marley, is executive producing the first ever biopic of her late husband. And she wants Bob's daughter-in-law R&B singer Lauryn Hill to portray her. The Weinstein Co. will produce and distribute a big-screen version of her 2004 autobiography "No Woman No Cry: My Life With Bob Marley," a chronicle of the musician's childhood and their tumultuous 15-year marriage through his death from cancer in 1981.
Rita Marley says, "Lauryn would be ideal. She sees my life as her life."
Rudy Langlais will produce the movie, which is tentatively set to begin filming early next year with a projected late 2009 release date. Langlais said the film will be an "epic romance," including the Marleys' life and the assassination attempt on the couple. "It's miraculous that Rita is still here after being shot in the head," he says.
Don't get Rita Marley wrong. She plans on being on set every single day .
"Every inch of me is in there," she says, "and I don't want a fairy tale or Cinderella story."