We heard it through the grapevine. The Londoner learns that Lenny Kravitz is to play Marvin Gaye in a film about the last years of the Motown singer’s life.
The film is being made by Julien Temple, whose documentary London: The Modern Babylon was a cornerstone of this summer’s Cultural Olympiad and who is best known for directing Absolute Beginners and for his films on the Sex Pistols.
It would chart the final years of Gaye’s life in London from 1981, when he was suffering from an addiction to alcohol and an allergy to the taxman, and how he was rescued by music promoter Freddy Cousaert and spirited away to his flat in Ostend, Belgium, to recover.
This would be the first lead role that Kratitz has landed, though he did show an aptitude for the silver screen by playing a dangerously rebellious stylist in The Hunger Games.
He has already won acclaim for his musical career, with hits including Are You Gonna Go My Way and a cover of American Woman that featured in the Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Curiously, Gaye’s Let’s Get It On also made an appearance in that film.
However this one will be a far less tongue-in-cheek affair. The only bum note is that Janis Gaye, the singer’s second and last wife, has said she feels “very sceptical” about the project. Perhaps Kravitz can charm her into changing her mind?