The movie will focus on Gaye's time in Europe in the early 80s where, with the help of British promoter Freddy Cousaert, he tried to curb his drug addiction and depression and make a comeback, Rolling Stone
This is not the first attempt at a biopic about Marvin Gaye, but this time, the music rights have been secured.
Lenny Kravitz, 48, has performed various supporting roles in films, but this will be his first leading role, BBC News
reports. Earlier this year, he played Cinna in the Hunger Games
Kravitz also won four consecutive Grammys for Best Male Rock Vocal performance in 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003.
The film will be directed by Julien Temple
who is best known for directing Absolute Beginners
, a British rock film starring David Bowie and Sade, and for his films on British punk-rock band, the Sex Pistols, the London Evening Standard
Marvin Gaye was shot dead
by his own father, Marvin Gaye Sr, on April 1, 1984, just a day before his 45th birthday.
His #1 hit, "Sexual Healing" won him two Grammy awards.