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Jesse L. Martin As Marvin Gaye: Actor Replaces Lenny Kravitz In 'Sexual Healing'

03/04/2013 05:11 pm ET

Lenny Kravitz will not play Marvin Gaye in "Sexual Healing," an upcoming biopic. Deadline.com reports Jesse L. Martin will fill in for Kravitz, a surprising development given that Martin was actually originally cast in the film when it was to be produced by James Gandolfini.

Marvin Gaye III (the singer's son) had previously expressed grave reservations about Kravitz portraying the Motown legend, going so far as to slam the entire project as "shameful."

Kravitz was first cast in Julien Temple's take on a portion of Gaye's life in November. Temple remains on the project.

"Sexual Healing" is slated to start production later this month, so it seems Gaye III has come to terms with the plans. All's not lost for Kravitz: He'll reprise his role as Cinna in "Catching Fire," the upcoming "Hunger Games" sequel.

For more, head over to Deadline.

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