Terrence Howard Wants to Get It On as Marvin Gaye

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:29 pm,

Deadline London caught up with Terrence Howard while covering the Cannes Film Festival and learned that he is in talks to play Marvin Gaye in Cameron Crowe’s long-gestating biopic. Luckily, Howard seems to be aware of the responsibility of portraying one of America’s most famous musicians on the big screen.

“Nothing’s been signed on paper yet,” Howard tells me. “Everybody who loves music will hate me if I get this one wrong.”

As anyone who’s seen Almost Famous can attest, Crowe is clearly comfortable depicting all aspects of the music world – both on stage and behind the scenes. The writer/director has reportedly been working on this film for over three years, and was at one point courting Will Smith to star. When Smith decided to pass, Crowe had to rethink his options and turned to Howard as a replacement.

Deadline seems to think it’s common knowledge that Howard moonlights as a recording artist, citing Gaye as an influence on Howard’s 2008 debut album. I wasn’t aware that Howard is a singer/guitar player, but Columbia Records released his first album Shine Through It and you can listen to some sample tracks at his official website.

No start date has been set yet, but seasoned producer Scott Rudin (No Country for Old Men, The Truman Show, etc.) is attached to the project. Rudin alone could probably get this project off the ground, so teaming up with Crowe and Howard only increases our chances of seeing this film come to fruition.

What do you think about Howard’s potential casting as Marvin Gaye? Do you think he can accurately capture the essence of the music legend?

Source: Deadline London

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  1. I can see him playin Smokie Robinson, but Marvin I don’t see, he looks nothing like him. Maybe if he can do something about his eyes.

    • You are so right! I was just about to say that! If there is going to be a Marvin Gaye movie, Smokey Robinson has to be in it so I’m all for Terrence playing Smokey. If Usher could act then I’d say maybe Usher. I could see MAYBE Marlon Wayans as Marvin Gaye just MAYBE. The actor who played in Smallville as The Martian Manhunter “PHIL MORRIS” looks the most like Marvin Gaye!!!

  2. Just cant see as marvin gaye maybe somebody else

  3. I thought the guy from Law & Order, Jesse L. Martin, was suppose to play Marvin.

    • Jesse L. Martin has my vote. He can sing too.

    • Jessie L. Martin is playing Marvin Gaye in another biopic not being made by Cameron Crowe called “Sexual Healing”. That film only focuses on the last few years of Marvin’s life, because Crowe and Rudin have exclusive rights to the use of Marvin’s Motown catalog.

  4. Will Smith as Marvin and Howard as Smokey would have been grand. I agree that Howard doesn’t look the part of Marvin but he has a great range as an actor. Hopefully this can be another hit like Ray.

    • They’d have to take Will’s ears back. They’d be to distracted besides that fact that Marvin’s ears aren’t shaped like that.

  5. James Brown
    Let talk about doing the James Brown story and at the staring as James Eddie Griffin. Just like J Foxx he can bring James to the scream HEY!!!