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©WENN / Lenny Kravitz
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Lenny Kravitz to play Marvin Gaye in new biopic?


Rocker-actor Lenny Kravitz has reportedly been tapped to portray Marvin Gaye in filmmaker Julien Temple's forthcoming biopic.

The controversial British director stepped in to revive the project last year after both Cameron Crowe and F. Gary Gray abandoned plans to bring the soul legend's life story to the big screen, and now Kravitz has been cast as the music icon, according to London newspaper the Evening Standard.

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Kravitz had small roles in "Precious" and "The Hunger Games," but if the rumors are true, this will mark his debut as a leading man. Will Smith and Terrence Howard had previously been linked to the role.

The film, tentatively titled "Midnight Love," will focus on Gaye's final studio album of the same name, which was recorded in Belgium, where the singer was living in tax exile.

The biopic will be shot in Ostend, the town the "Sexual Healing" singer called home in the early 1980s. Gaye was fatally shot after an altercation with his father in 1984.

Jesse L Martin is a much better choice.  He looks like Marvin and he can sing.
Nov 21, 2012 12:59PM
jesse l. martin has the right look & smile to make the viewer ( those of us that remember watching Marvin perform ) feel as if we are watching the closest we can get to the actual person, much like Jamie Foxx in "RAY" :-). Hate to see movies that have actors that look nothing like the real person. It makes me day dream. 
Nov 20, 2012 8:00PM
I would rather see Jesse L. Martin play Marvin Gaye. 
Jesse has Marvin's sex appeal (woo-woo)
and Kravitz is too immature.
May 31, 2013 11:17AM

I would love to see anyone play Marvin Gaye just so the project will finally be completed and the public can enjoy the final project and Marvin Gaye can finally get his props, he was more than just a singer,infact, he was ahead of his time, which I think caused him sooo much frustration he had bouts of serve depression. Lets get it done no matter who plays him. RIP MY DEAREST MARVIN GAYE


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