Lenny Kravitz Confirmed for Marvin Gaye Biopic

Lenny Kravitz

Ain't nothing like the real thing -- but if you can find a name brand recording artist who'll show up on time and remember his lines, that's close enough.

Deadline is reporting that Grammy winner and occasional actor Lenny Kravitz has nabbed the lead in Julien Temple's upcoming Marvin Gaye biopic, which will reportedly focus on the last few years of the troubled soul legend's life -- leading up to his shocking murder at the hands of his own father.

It's undeniably cinematic stuff, and far from the only chapter in Gaye's life that lends itself to the big-screen treatment, which is why filmmakers have repeatedly tried to turn it into a movie, only to be frustrated by music rights issues. Those have apparently been sorted out this time around, however, and while Gaye fans might have wished for a film that focused on his triumphant rise rather than his tragically young death, we can all at least rest easy knowing that Temple has found a lead who's a gifted musical mimic.

Jabs at Kravitz's oft-derided lack of creativity aside, he's been building an acting CV for himself over the last few years, and he seems to have a knack for choosing scripts -- he picked up roles in Precious and The Hunger Games -- so we're just going to cross our fingers and hope that this all ends up being more of a Ray or Walk the Line and less of a Lady Sings the Blues. Cameras are currently scheduled to roll next year, so we should find out soon.

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