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Lauryn Hill to Play Rita in Bob Marley Biopic?

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Mar 04, 2008 | 6:43am EST

Rita Marley is desperate for singer Lauryn Hill to portray her on screen in the first-ever biopic of her late husband, reggae icon Bob Marley.

Marley is working as executive producer on the big-screen adaptation of her 2004 autobiography No Woman No Cry: My Life with Bob Marley--and has her sights set on casting the former Fugees frontwoman, her daughter-in-law, in the chronicle of her tumultuous 15-year marriage to the musician.

She explains, "Lauryn would be ideal (to play me). She sees my life as her life."

Bob Marley's son Rohan--with former lover Janet Hunt--is married to the "Everything Is Everything" hitmaker, who has been largely absent from the music scene following her hit 1998 debut solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

The as-yet-untitled project is slated to begin filming early next year.

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