Martin To Play Gaye

February 7, 2006

martingaye.jpgAfter years of struggling to get it off-the-ground, a film about Motown legend Marvin Gaye is finally in the works, with Jesse L. Martin set to star in the title role.

The movie chronicles the final years of Gaye, who, after years of battling drugs and having parted ways with Motown, exiled himself to Europe. There, he was rescued by promoter Freddy Cousaert, who helped Gaye record his biggest-selling album, "Midnight Love," which produced Gaye's monster comeback hit, "Sexual Healing." Gaye's life was cut short the day before his 45th birthday in 1984, when his father killed him.

Martin is known to many by his role on the series Law & Order, so Gaye's murder will likely be investigated by a young, good-looking detective and an older, wise-cracking one.


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