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Lenny Kravitz to star as Marvin Gaye in biopic

The actor and singer has been working more on his acting career these days. Now for his first lead role, he will be playing a legendary musician.

Lenny Kravitz jumped into the acting world almost 15 years ago and has played numerous parts — everything from “voice of newborn” in the Rugrats Movie to Nurse John in Precious and even a small part in The Hunger Games. Now, according the Huffington Post, Kravitz has accepted his first lead role, and it’s a big one.

The singer’s publicist, Carleen Donovan, announced that Kravitz will play legendary musician Marvin Gaye in a new biopic. The film is set to begin filming early in 2013.

Rolling Stone first reported details about the 48-year-old performer’s part in the film, directed by Julien Temple,” said the Huffington Post. “The magazine says the ‘Are You Gonna Go My Way’ singer will portray Gaye during the 1980s when he was fighting his addictions and attempting to restart his career. Gaye died in 1984 after being shot by his father.”

Rolling Stone says that even though many have attempted to make Marvin Gaye biopics in the past, this is the first one that has secured the rights to Gaye’s music.

Kravitz is pursuing his acting career in other projects as well. He will appear in The Butler, a film directed by the same man who created Precious. The film is about the life of a butler who served eight different presidents. It also stars Alex Pettyfer, Robin Williams and John Cusack, among others.

Kravitz will also reportedly appear in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Jena Malone and Elizabeth Banks will appear in the sequel as well.

Meanwhile, Kravitz hasn’t been doing much with music. His last album came out in 2011, and it doesn’t seem like he has any new music in the works.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is set to be released Nov. 22, 2014, and The Butler should be out in 2013.

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