March 4, 2013


Lenny Kravitz Dropped From Marvin Gaye Biopic

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UPDATE: Yeah, about that Kravitz thing. Deadline is now reporting that Lenny Kravitz has been replaced by Law & Order's Jesse L. Martin to play Gaye in the Julien Temple-directed biopic Sexual Healing. Filming will begin later this month in Europe. 

While you continue applauding/decrying Andre 3000's title role in the upcoming Jimi Hendrix biopic, Rolling Stone is reporting that Lenny Kravitz has officially signed on to play Marvin Gaye in an upcoming biopic of the late soul singer's life.

Julien Temple, renowned director of Sex Pistols docs The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle and The Filth and the Fury, will direct the film, which focuses on Gaye's turbulent early 1980s period when the singer was nose-deep in drugs and creative self-doubt.

While we're confident that Kravitz can pull off Gaye's unending cool, it's still unknown whether the singer will cover Gaye's inimitable catalog, though Rolling Stone says that the film has secured music rights (something the upcoming Hendrix bio can't claim).

The as-yet-untitled film will start shooting next year, though no official release date has been given. But Lenny, if you need to start practicing, may we humbly suggest starting with this: