Lenny Kravitz has been replaced in the starring role of the upcoming Marvin Gaye biopic. Dateline Hollywood reported that the movie, titled, Sexual Healing, is back in pre-production and will now star the picture's original leading man, Law & Order star Jesse L. Martin. Martin, who was an original cast member of the Broadway musical Rent before going on to star in the movie version, currently appears on NBC's Smash. No word was given for why Kravitz had bowed out. There's been no start date announced for the film.
In addition to new producers, well known music director Julien Temple has signed on to direct Sexual Healing. Among Temple's best known works are the Sex Pistols' The Great Rock And Roll Swindle, The Secret Policeman's Other Ball concert film, Absolute Beginners starring David Bowie, and Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten.
- Sexual Healing, which along with several other Gaye films, has been in the works for several years, and deals with Gaye's last years -- 1981 to 1984. It chronicles Gaye's descent into drug addiction and his move to Belgium for the recording of his first album for Columbia, 1982's Midnight Love, which featured his Top Three classic, "Sexual Healing."
- Marvin Gaye's close friend, Supremes co-founder Mary Wilson told us that there was far more light in Gaye's life than the public knew about. She went on to reveal that, unbeknownst to the public at large -- while at the peak of his '60s career at Motown -- Gaye was willing to leave his singing career behind to become an professional athlete: "He also wanted to play football. And so he bulked himself up, I forgot what year, it's maybe 1967, 1968 something like (that). Bulked himself up like a football player. I think he actually did try out for the Lions, I think they were. So he had this other side of him that the public didn't know about."
- Back in December, Marvin Gaye's son, Marvin Gaye III blasted the proposed film, telling TM: "The producers and directors of this film are very wrong and shameful. . . (They're) trying to do a film about a low period in his life. They don't even know the whole story."
- Over the years, Julien Temple has made a name for himself directing iconic videos for such artists as Culture Club -- "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me"; Dexy's Midnight Runners -- "Come On Eileen"; Janet Jackson -- "When I Think Of You"; Sade -- "Smooth Operator"; the Stray Cats -- "Rock This Town" and "Stray Cat Strut"; the English Beat - "Save It For Later"; the Kinks -- "Come Dancing"; the Rolling Stones' -- "Undercover Of The Night" and "She Was Hot"; and Tom Petty's "Free Fallon'," "Yer So Bad," "Learning To Fly," and "Into The Great Wide Open," among others.
CHECK IT OUT: Marvin Gaye in 1977 performing "Got To Give It Up, Part 1" live on Soul Train:
Mary Wilson On Marvin Gaye Trying Out For Detroit Lions
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