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Cameron Crowe has been quietly working on a Marvin Gaye biopic

04.03.2010
We haven't heard a peep or a catchy rock riff out of director Cameron Crowe since 2005's ELIZABETHTOWN, a film that wasn't that generally well received by most and only passively defended by even the filmmaker's most ardent supporters. So, what's going on?

According to Variety (in an extended article detailing the difficulties musical biopics have had in making it to the big screen), Crowe has been quietly working for the last three and a half years on assembling the key components to a biopic on Motown legend Marvin Gaye.

However, "despite securing extensive music rights and the full cooperation of Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr., the project, with Scott Rudin attached as producer, is being reconceived until Crowe and Sony can come to terms on a budget and a star (Will Smith, who has an ongoing relationship with Sony, declined the part after much discussion)."

Shame that Smith declined, as I think he would've made a great Prince of Soul (Fresh Prince of Soul?) Who do you guys think would make for a great Marvin Gaye?
Extra Tidbit: Variety gives us the following bit of trivia: "In the wake of 1996's 'Jerry Maguire,' he tried to get a Phil Spector biopic off the ground with Tom Cruise in the lead role. But Crowe felt at the time that 'the third act had not been written' about the producer made famous for his 'wall of sound' recordings, and segued to the more personal 'Almost Famous' instead."
Source: Variety

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7:29PM on 04/05/2010
Honestly, i think Chiwetel Ejiofor would be great as Marvin Gaye. Jamie Foxx (no thanks) although Jesse Martin is a hell of a ringer for M. Gaye, Ejiofor has a bit more chops
Honestly, i think Chiwetel Ejiofor would be great as Marvin Gaye. Jamie Foxx (no thanks) although Jesse Martin is a hell of a ringer for M. Gaye, Ejiofor has a bit more chops
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10:24AM on 04/05/2010
If not Jesse Martin, then Martin Luther McCoy: [link]

He's got a great voice and even looks a little like Marvin.
If not Jesse Martin, then Martin Luther McCoy: [link]

He's got a great voice and even looks a little like Marvin.
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3:09AM on 04/04/2010

Nice to see all the love for Jesse Martin!

He's a great (and underrated) actor, and would be a perfect choice. Lets just hope Crowe & Sony don't think they have to go with a bigger name for this to be successful.

*Awaits the shitty news that douchebag Jamie Foxx will star*
He's a great (and underrated) actor, and would be a perfect choice. Lets just hope Crowe & Sony don't think they have to go with a bigger name for this to be successful.

*Awaits the shitty news that douchebag Jamie Foxx will star*
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2:34AM on 04/04/2010
Sorry, but this has to be Jesse Martin. No one else could pull this off. I'll eat my laptop if I'm wrong. Love the idea, though. Crowe has what it takes to do it right.
Sorry, but this has to be Jesse Martin. No one else could pull this off. I'll eat my laptop if I'm wrong. Love the idea, though. Crowe has what it takes to do it right.
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10:17PM on 04/03/2010
love the music and have a lot of faith i Crowe to do the job right.Either Chiwetel or Jesse Martin would be great choices but Cuba Gooding Jr Yeah Right.
love the music and have a lot of faith i Crowe to do the job right.Either Chiwetel or Jesse Martin would be great choices but Cuba Gooding Jr Yeah Right.
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7:41PM on 04/03/2010

Awesome!!!

This is great news!! Cameron Crowe is one of the best directors working today and i think he can really make a great bio for Marvin Gaye. There are two pretty good choices for the lead role in this one. I think Chiwetel Ejiofor could do a great job and i think he deserves to anchor a movie because he has shown alot of ability in films like inside man and children of men. Jesse Martin could also do a great job in the lead. If either one of these actotrs are picked I would be very very happy.
This is great news!! Cameron Crowe is one of the best directors working today and i think he can really make a great bio for Marvin Gaye. There are two pretty good choices for the lead role in this one. I think Chiwetel Ejiofor could do a great job and i think he deserves to anchor a movie because he has shown alot of ability in films like inside man and children of men. Jesse Martin could also do a great job in the lead. If either one of these actotrs are picked I would be very very happy.
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10:09PM on 04/03/2010
Chiwetel Ejiofor would be perfect,10 years ago i would of said Denzel but age is a factor.
Chiwetel Ejiofor would be perfect,10 years ago i would of said Denzel but age is a factor.
5:52PM on 04/03/2010
Very excited for this. Crowe is my favorite director. I really liked the idea of Cruise looking all nuts playing Spector and I hope that project comes around again for the two of them. Not sure who can play Gaye off the top of my head, but this is cool news.
Very excited for this. Crowe is my favorite director. I really liked the idea of Cruise looking all nuts playing Spector and I hope that project comes around again for the two of them. Not sure who can play Gaye off the top of my head, but this is cool news.
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4:24PM on 04/03/2010
Whoever actor steps into the shoes is guaranteed an Oscar. The film falls into the two genres the Academy loves the most - the biopic and the Gaye drama.
Whoever actor steps into the shoes is guaranteed an Oscar. The film falls into the two genres the Academy loves the most - the biopic and the Gaye drama.
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4:21PM on 04/03/2010
Whoever actor steps into the shoes is guaranteed an Oscar. The film falls into the two genres the Academy loves the most - the biopic and the Gaye drama.
Whoever actor steps into the shoes is guaranteed an Oscar. The film falls into the two genres the Academy loves the most - the biopic and the Gaye drama.
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3:49PM on 04/03/2010

uh...

Taye Diggs looks NOTHING like Marvin Gaye, you dumb bastard.
Taye Diggs looks NOTHING like Marvin Gaye, you dumb bastard.
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3:17PM on 04/03/2010
Taye Diggs looks exactly like a young Marvin Gaye...
Taye Diggs looks exactly like a young Marvin Gaye...
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1:03PM on 04/03/2010

Sexual Healing

Cameron Crowe could certainly do the story justice, but according to wikipedia and imdb [link] (both very reliable source but anyway) Jesse L Martin has been developing his own Marvin Gaye biopic called Sexual healing...
I reckon Cuba Gooding Jr could make it work though, and has the experience with Crowe
Cameron Crowe could certainly do the story justice, but according to wikipedia and imdb [link] (both very reliable source but anyway) Jesse L Martin has been developing his own Marvin Gaye biopic called Sexual healing...
I reckon Cuba Gooding Jr could make it work though, and has the experience with Crowe
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12:53PM on 04/03/2010
First off any biopic should be called 'Troubled Man' like his biography...

I nominate Idris Elba (From The Wire and Obsessed) I think he could pull it off...
First off any biopic should be called 'Troubled Man' like his biography...

I nominate Idris Elba (From The Wire and Obsessed) I think he could pull it off...
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12:46PM on 04/03/2010
Jesse L. Martin is the only choice.
Jesse L. Martin is the only choice.
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12:14PM on 04/03/2010
If anyone besides Jesse Martin does it, it would be a mistake. Dude looks exactly like Marvin, plus has a music background.
If anyone besides Jesse Martin does it, it would be a mistake. Dude looks exactly like Marvin, plus has a music background.
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12:06PM on 04/03/2010
Jesse L. Martin is perfect. Enough said.
Jesse L. Martin is perfect. Enough said.
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12:02PM on 04/03/2010
I'd say Cuba Gooding Jr. or Wayne Brady....Just think about it before the bashing commences.
I'd say Cuba Gooding Jr. or Wayne Brady....Just think about it before the bashing commences.
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10:57AM on 04/03/2010

Obviously

Andre 3000 ftw
Andre 3000 ftw
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10:52AM on 04/03/2010

No One

No could really pull it off and do Marvin justice, least of all Will Smith.
No could really pull it off and do Marvin justice, least of all Will Smith.
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4:11PM on 04/03/2010
Put me down for Jesse, too.
Put me down for Jesse, too.
10:12PM on 04/03/2010
i would be pissed off if 1 act Smith got the role
i would be pissed off if 1 act Smith got the role
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