Lenny Kravitz to Play Marvin Gaye in Upcoming Biopic

Roadrunner Records(LOS ANGELES) -- An icon in his own right, Lenny Kravitz is about to play another. The rocker has signed on to star as Marvin Gaye in an upcoming movie about the R&B legend.

Kravitz’s rep confirmed to ABC News that the not-yet-named film will begin production next year and will focus on Gaye’s time in Europe during the early ’80s, when he was trying to stamp out his substance abuse issues and revive his career. Gaye was shot by his father and died in Los Angeles on April 1, 1984.

The role marks Kravitz’s first steps into movie star status. He’s previously taken on supporting roles in The Hunger Games series and Precious, among other films. He also did cameos in Zoolander and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

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