Julien Temple’s long-gestating Marvin Gaye project
finally looks to have sealed its leading man, with Lenny Kravitz in place to play the legendary musician.
Loosely based on the book
, the film will follow Gaye into the early ‘80s, where drug addiction and various industry spats had seen his career plunge into a sizeable rut.
Taking refuge in the Belgian town of Ostend, Gaye met producer Freddy Cousaert and the two planned the recording of his best-selling album,
. The comeback was well and truly on.
Initially to be directed by James Gandolfini with Jesse L. Martin in the leading role, Temple has reportedly got the film’s musical rights sorted, which represents a major hurdle cleared.
A start date is being tentatively eyed for the beginning of next year, and with any luck, we’ll see this one up and running before too long. It’s too good a story not to make it onto the big screen at some point…