Lenny Kravitz Set to Play R&B Legend Marvin Gaye

Lenny Kravitz has been chosen to play the late R&B serenader Marvin Gaye in a upcoming film about the legend’s life. According to many London publications the names of actors such as Gary Gray, Will Smith, and Terrance Howard have been thrown around but Kravitz won the vote for the leading role. His acting career took off with supporting roles in successful films including Precious and The Hunger Games.

The film, directed by Julien Temple, will begin shooting in Ostend, Belgium where the Motown legend spent his last years coping with alcohol abuse and tax issues. While some people are looking forward to the film others are not so approving. Gaye’s second wife Janis Gaye has expressed her doubts about the film, mentioning she’s “very skeptical” about the upcoming project. “Midnight Love,” the same name as Gaye’s final studio album, is the film’s unconfirmed title.