News: Common Wants To Know What's Going On W/ Marvin Gaye Biopic, "I'd Be All-In On That Project"

Friday, Apr 30, 2010 2:25PM

Written by Biz Jones

Actor/Rapper Common has revealed interest in portraying the late music pioneer Marvin Gaye in a biopic.

With rumors of a film being in the works for years, Common said he would be willing to take on the lead role.

"I've been sniffing around, trying to figure out who might be interested, who might be already planning one," Common says. "Marvin was a monumental figure in music, important in our lives in so many ways. And troubled. He's a character with so much depth. I'd be all-in on that project." (Orlando Sentinel)

Blockbuster movie star Will Smith recently passed on an opportunity to portray Gaye.

Smith has turned down the lead role in moviemaker Cameron Crowe's new Marvin Gaye biopic. The actor spent months in negotiations to portray the legendary soul man, and now Crowe, who has been trying to get the project off the ground for four years, is without a leading man again. But the Almost Famous director isn't rushing to find his Gaye - he's determined to hire the right man for the role. (Star Pulse)

Past plans were put out that a Gaye feature would be done by director Lauren Goodman.

The final three years of Motown legend Marvin Gaye's life will be revisited in director Lauren Goodman's forthcoming biopic, "Sexual Healing." Production on the film, which will be shot in Hungary and Germany, is set to begin in three months, according to The Hollywood Reporter. (MTV)

Outside of Hollywood, Common is currently putting together his new album, The Believer.

"It's 'good' music," he said. "The themes are street music and elevation, things that I feel like I always embody when I rap. But here there's new situations, new solutions." As far as production goes, Common says he's working with No I.D. and Kanye West, both of which have produced a couple of his previous albums -- "Be" and "Finding Forever," "Resurrection" and "One Day It'll All Make Sense" respectively. "I'm striving to get it out in the fall," he said, adding that fans can expect a single by late summer or early fall. (Billboard)

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