Lenny Kravitz to play Marvin Gaye in biopic
November 28th, 2012
02:15 PM ET

Lenny Kravitz to play Marvin Gaye in biopic

Lenny Kravitz isn't playing around with his acting career.

The 48-year-old rocker has signed on to portray soul/R&B legend Marvin Gaye in an upcoming biopic, his rep has confirmed to CNN.

The project will be directed by Julien Temple ("The Filth and the Fury"; "Bullet"), and is slated to begin filming in 2013.

Reports of Kravitz's latest project began circulating earlier this month after The London Evening Standard made note of the role. According to the paper, Temple's biopic will chronicle Gaye's later years in the early 1980s when he was in Europe battling addiction and refreshing his career.

This will be Kravitz's first lead, although he's been steadily snapping up memorable supporting roles over the past few years, including a gig in 2009's "Precious" and 2012's "The Hunger Games."

In addition to the Marvin Gaye biopic, Kravitz will again appear as the stylist Cinna in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" next November, and in Lee Daniels' "The Butler," which is also slated to arrive next year.

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  2. Leif

    What sycophant will play Lenny?

    December 1, 2012 at 3:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. mukazzi

    Lenny is a wonderful choice for this project. I have questions (and strong cultural concerns) about Zoe Saldana ALLOWING herself to be "dark-faced" in order to play Nina Simone.

    November 30, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. zero with nothing drdr

    i love lenny kravitz

    November 30, 2012 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. Cicadas

    He looks damn good for his age.

    November 29, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Barbara Rasch

    Love Lenny Kravitz, but wasn't Jesse L. Martin supposed to play Marvin Gaye in a biopic like 2 years ago? He would have been more perfect than Kravitz.

    November 29, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. I AM

    Now, this man has talent.

    November 29, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Margo

    I just love Lenny...good for him. I am glad he is doing well.

    November 29, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Only1

    That's pretty cool. I would see it.

    November 29, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  10. can't believe lenny kravitz is almost 50

    he puts on great show and he's still cool.

    November 29, 2012 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. JGN

    Lenny Kravitz is a perfect fit for this role! Both he and Gaye have/had so much talent it's unbelievable; so glad they share it with the world, they both make my musical life rich and wonderful.

    November 29, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |

    This man is so hot! Ain't that right, girls?

    November 28, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TriumphTheInsultComicDog

    He should stick to music.

    November 28, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Daemarr

    Lenny Kravitz is to old to play a young Marvin Gaye,Usher should have that role.I think he would be more convincing and would attract a larger audience.

    November 28, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • readthearticle

      It stated in the article that the movie would chronicle Marvin Gaye's later years, Lenny doesn't have to be young to do that.

      November 28, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |

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