Lenny Kravitz Reportedly Lands Starring Role in Marvin Gaye Biopic
Published Nov 20, 2012There have been rumblings about a Marvin Gaye biopic for years now, and director Julien Temple signed on to helm the forthcoming flick in early 2011. Now, the film may have finally found its leading man, as Lenny Kravitz has reportedly landed the role of Gaye.
The news comes via the London Evening Standard. If it ends up as planned, this will be Kravitz's first starring role in a feature film; his previous credits include supporting roles in movies like The Hunger Games and Precious.
There's no word as to when the film might come out. Previous reports have indicated that the film is being produced by Jean-Luc Van Damme and has been in pre-production for more than five years.
The film reportedly covers the final years of Gaye's life, from 1981 to 1984. During that period, the legendary soul singer released the album Midnight Love (featuring the hit "Sexual Healing"), suffered from depression and substance abuse, and was ultimately killed by his father.
The filmmakers have apparently secured the rights to the songs from Midnight Love.