Lenny Kravitz set to play Marvin Gaye in Biopic

Lenny Kravitz to play Marvin Gaye

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Lenny Kravitz has been tapped to play Marvin Gaye in a biopic about the legendary Motown singers’ last days, The Londoner has learned.

Kravitz, who was last seen in The Hunger Games, will play a leading man for the first time if this project moves forward.

The film, directed by British filmmaker Julien Temple, will center on “the final years of Gaye’s life in London from 1981, when he was suffering from an addiction to alcohol and an allergy to the taxman, and how he was rescued by music promoter Freddy Cousaert and spirited away to his flat in Ostend, Belgium, to recover.”

But this casting news doesn’t come without controversy. Janis Gaye, the singer’s second and last wife, has said she feels “very skeptical” about the project.

Kravitz will be seen next alongside Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. His previous credits include The Hunger Games and Precious.

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