The Italian Job
director F. Gary Gray
is taking on Sopranos
star James Gandolfini in a battle to portray legendary soul man Marvin Gaye
on the big screen.
Gray has just signed on to direct the biopic Marvin
, which will go head to head with Gandolfini's Sexual Healing
-- set to star Rent
's Jesse L. Martin
as the smooth singer.
Music mogul David Foster
will co-produce the Gray film, which will feature a soundtrack of Gaye originals, which a yet-to-be-cast star will lip sync to.
Gaye was shot to death by his father in 1984.
Both Sexual Healing
have been projects in work for some time and both have been held up by music rights.
Foster has reportedly secured a package of Gaye's biggest hits, while Gandolfini and his co-producers have secured the rights to Gaye's post-Motown tunes for Sexual Healing
Gray tells Daily Variety
he can't wait to get started on his labor of love: "This is my passion project, the one that I wake up every day thinking about."
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(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)