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Lenny Kravitz to play Marvin Gaye

27 November 2012

Singer-turned-actor to take his first lead role in Julie Temple’s Motown biopic

Lenny Kravitz is set to play Marvin Gaye in a film about the star’s life it has been revealed.

The part in the upcoming biopic will be the Grammy-award winning singer’s first lead role, following on from supporting turns in Lee Daniels’ Precious as well as hit teen franchise The Hunger Games.

The film will be helmed by British documentary director Julie Temple, who’s best known for his music-themed fare including Glastonbury and Absolute Beginners.

The project will reportedly focus on the time that Motown legend Gaye – who sang timeless hits such as Heard It Through The Grapevine - spent trying to get his addictions under control during the early 1980’s.

It will also tackle his shooting and subsequent death in 1984 at the hands of his own father. This isn’t the first time someone has tried to bring the singer’s life story to the silver screen.

In 2008 The Italian Job’s director Gary Gray was set to direct his own biopic called Marvin, which eventually stalled in pre-production; as did the James Gandolfini produced Sexual Healing.

However with music rights already secured it looks like Kravitz and co will finally get the greenlight to bring Gaye’s story to life.

There is no news yet on when production is set to get underway, but we’ll get another chance to consider Kravitz’s credentials in 2013 when he’ll appear in Lee Daniel’s White House drama The Butler alongside a return to the arena in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Source: Deadline