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Hollywood actor to play Marcus Garvey in upcoming biopic

Published:Friday | December 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle
Delroy Lindo in the 2001 film 'The Last Castle'.
Marcus Garvey

You may know him from movies such as Romeo Must Die, Gone In 60 Seconds and Get Shorty, and very soon, Jamaicans will be able to associate Hollywood actor Delroy Lindo with a new role, as it is being reported that he has been chosen to play National Hero, Marcus Mosiah Garvey in a new biopic.

Marcus Mosiah Garvey, who was born August 17, 1887 and died in 1940, is often referred to as one of the greatest Africans of the 19th and 20th centuries. A former political leader, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, orator and a staunch advocate of Black Nationalism and Pan Africanism movements, his life will be depicted on the big screen and according to various online sources, Lindo was chosen by movie producers to play the role of Garvey in a film slated to be released in 2017. Other cast members announced include Kevin Navayne and Loretta Davis, whilst the producer, Peter Petrich, has teamed up with director Steven Anderson and writer Jodi Sallinder for this eagerly awaited biopic.

Many may be familiar with Lindo's career, but may not be aware that the actor has Jamaican parentage. The 63-year-old actor was born to Jamaican parents, but was raised in Lewisham, England. When he was a teenager, he and his mother, a nurse, moved to Toronto in Canada, before moving again to the United Sates. It was in the States that Lindo began his career after graduating from the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. After graduation, Lindo landed his first film role as an Army sergeant in More American Graffiti, in 1979.