Lenny Kravitz cast as Marvin Gaye in upcoming biopic

Lenny Kravitz performs on stage during Rock in Rio Madrid 2012 on June 30, 2012 in Arganda del Rey, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

Lenny Kravitz performs on stage during Rock in Rio Madrid 2012 on June 30, 2012 in Arganda del Rey, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

Rock star Lenny Kravitz has been rapidly building up his filmography with high-profile supporting turns in 2009′s Precious and this year’s The Hunger Games. Yet his next major role may propel him to the next level as an actor.

The singer has been cast as the legendary Marvin Gaye in an upcoming biopic according to London’s Evening Standard.

The film, which is slated to be directed by acclaimed British filmmaker Julian Temple, is supposed to focus on Gaye’s late career when he lived in the United Kingdom and was battling financial difficulty and alcoholism.

Marvin Gaye biopics have been rumored for years, with actors as diverse as Jesse L. Martin and rapper Common expressing interest in the lead role. However, none of these projects appear to have advanced past the stages of early development.

No title or start date for the Temple-Kravitz film has been announced yet.