Lenny Kravitz To Play Marvin Gaye

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For several years now there’s been a number of attempts to bring the life, or at least parts of it, of legendary soul crooner Marvin Gaye to theaters. Cameron Crowe and F. Gary Gray were attached to helm such projects, as were potential stars Will Smith and Terrence Howard, though ultimately all those stories fizzled. Now there’s another with Lenny Kravitz said to be playing the life of Gaye in a film directed by Julien Temple.

More via the San Francisco Chronicle:

Rocker-turned-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.

Kravitz has already proved his acting chops with 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 Gaye called home in the

early 1980s.

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