James Gandolfini will star in and produce the $15 million Marvin Gaye biopic “Sexual Healing” reports the trades.
Jesse L. Martin already is set to play Gaye in the film, which will be directed by Lauren Goodman. Goodman wrote the script loosely based on Steven Turner’s book “Trouble Man.”
The film focuses on the last years of Gaye’s life including his parting with Motown to his self-imposed exile in Europe. Gandolfini will play Gaye’s manager, Freddy Cousaert, the promoter who guided the singer through the recording of his biggest-selling album, “Midnight Love.”
Principal photography is scheduled to begin April 15th on locations in Massachusetts, Ostend, Belgium, and Los Angeles.