Lenny Kravitz to play Marvin Gaye

    What’s going on? Lenny Kravitz has signed on to play Marvin Gaye in a new biopic!

    Lenny is set to play the Motown legend in an as-yet untitled film to be directed by Julian Temple, according to Deadline.com. Reportedly, the film will focus on the time Marvin spent in London during the early ’80s as he tried to get his career back while battling addictions.

    This is a separate movie from another biopic, Marvin, which would have been directed by F. Gary Grey. Things with that project fell through and Gary has shifted his attention to a movie about NWA, Straight Outta Compton. James Gandolfini of "The Sopranos" had also hoped to produce a film on Marvin titled Sexual Healing, which was to star Jesse L. Martin.

    The new film about Marvin is set to begin production next year, and it will be Lenny’s first leading role in a major motion picture.

    The "I Belong to You" crooner, who also starred in Precious, will be getting a lot of screen time starting next year. He’s set to appear in Lee Daniels’ White House drama The Butler; he’ll also reprise the role of stylist Cinna in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire!



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