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CHANGE UP: Actor Jesse L. Martin REPLACES Lenny Kravitz In "Sexual Healing" Biopic

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Actor Jesse L. Martin is replacing Lenny Kravtiz in the lead role for the upcoming Marvin Gaye biopic "Sexual Healing."  Find out more inside....

Previously, we told you about the controversial Marvin Gaye biopic "Sexual Healing" and how Marvin's son, Marvin Gaye III was a little upset that his childhood friend Lenny Kravitz had agreed to the role.  Mainly because the film focuses on the turbulent times of Marvin's life and III wasn't feeling it.  Now, Deadline.com is reporting that there's been a shakeup in casting and now Marvin III will have to direct his frustration towards actor Jesse L. Martin.  If he still has any.

Jesse, who formerly starred on "Law & Order", will replace Lenny in the Julien Temple-directed flick which will start filming in later this month in Europe.

The film, produced by Vassal Benton and Fred Bestall, will focus on the music legend's time in Europe in the 1980s when he attempted a drug-free comeback with the help of British music promoter Freddy Cousaert (played by Brendan Gleason).

Outside of the film, Jesse recently starred in the NBC pilot "The Secret Lives Of Husbands And Wives" (so far....the show hasn't been picked up).





Both men (Jesse & Lenny) are

Both men (Jesse & Lenny) are handsome just like the legendary Marvin Gaye!
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Jessie definitely favors

Jessie definitely favors Marvin....great choice.
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jessie is a good actor

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I love Lenny but Jessie is a

I love Lenny but Jessie is a better choice imo.
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Wow, I hadn't heard about the

Wow, I hadn't heard about the film before, but I think Jessie L. Martin would be great in the role. Definitely want to check it out. I wonder if it will have a theatrical release or is this something for television.
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Much better casting because

Much better casting because Jessie Martin bears more of a physical resemblance and is a much better actor.
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Da Marvin Gaye of Law &

Da Marvin Gaye of Law & Order! Yayyyy!!!

I think he'll do well as

I think he'll do well as Marvin Gaye...he has the look and the height...not so sure he can sing but there are ways around that one. Now Lenny Kravitz....he is far too short. I can't see him as Marvin but maybe it's just me.

He is perfect for the role

He is perfect for the role and this man can sing!! He is in the musical RENT (original run on broadway and the movie)
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THANK YOU casting director!!!

THANK YOU casting director!!! I have been saying that for years! He looks JUST like Marvin and the man can act his ass off. I am a big Marvin Gaye fan and, I hope Jesse wins an Oscar. I was so mad when they named Lenny Kravitz I knew he was not a good choice.
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he favors Marvin Gaye, good

he favors Marvin Gaye, good choice!
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Finally!! I've have been

Finally!! I've have been stating for years that Jesse L. Martin should play Marvin Gaye in a biopic. He can sing and has a strong likeness to Marvin.
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Either one works for me so I

Either one works for me so I was happy before and I'm happy now. I'll definately see it.
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L...m...a...o..."I'm not a

L...m...a...o..."I'm not a fan of Lenny and Lenny has no neck."
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THANK YOU!!!! When they said

THANK YOU!!!! When they said they were letting Lenny Kravitz have the role, Jessie is the guy that I thought they should've put in the role. Jessie is a great actor and favors Marvin the best. Hopefully he can bring the essence of Msarvin Gaye. I'm not a fan of Lenny and Lenny has no neck.
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Jessie can actually sing too,

Jessie can actually sing too, he was on that movie rent I think it was a better choice.
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L...m...a...o..."I'm not a

L...m...a...o..."I'm not a fan of Lenny and Lenny has no neck."
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