Marvin Gaye is one of the greatest soul singers of all time. He will be forever known as one of Motown’s most influential artists and now his story will be told through the eyes of rock star Lenny Kravitz and director Julien Temple. Lenny Kravitz is to play Marvin Gaye in a film of the last years of the late American soul singer’s life.
According to The Evening Standard, the film is being made by Julien Temple, who directed Sex Pistols film The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle’ and 2006’s Glastonbury, among many others. It will be singer Kravitz’s first major film role, having most recently appeared as a stylist in teen blockbuster The Hunger Games. Janis Gaye, the singer’s second and last wife, has said she feels “very sceptical” about the project. The film is reported to chart the final years of Gaye’s life. The soul legend lived in London in the early 1980s, when he was suffering an addiction to alcohol and was embroiled in problems relating to unpaid tax. Gaye briefly managed to reduce his drug dependency and regain his confidence after relocating to Ostend, Belgium. He died after being shot by his own father in Los Angeles, California on March 31, 1984.
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