MotownA new biopic about the turbulent last years of Marvin Gaye is in the works. The London Evening Standard reports that retro rocker Lenny Kravitz has been tapped to portray the late soul singer in the movie, which will be directed by veteran U.K. filmmaker Julien Temple.
The as-yet-untitled flick will deal with Gaye's life in Europe during the early 1980s, a time when he was struggling with alcohol addiction and tax problems. It also will deal with the singer's friendship with music promoter Freddy Cousaert, who brought Gaye from London to his home in Belgium to try to help him get healthy.
Temple is perhaps best known as the man behind The Great Rock and Roll Swindle, the 1980 mockumentary about The *** Pistols. He also directed the 2000 *** Pistols documentary, The Filth and the Fury, and the 2007 film Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten, about The Clash's late frontman.
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