Casting Net: Lenny Kravitz to play Marvin Gaye. Plus: Amy Smart, Terry Crews, Kellan Lutz
• Rock musician Lenny Kravitz (The Hunger Games, Precious) will get it on as celebrated singer-songwriter Marvin Gaye in an untitled biopic about the final years of the musician’s life, when he moved to Europe to overcome his substance abuse and ended up penning one of his most indelible hits, “Sexual Healing.” Julien Temple (The Filth and the Fury) will direct. [Evening Standard/Deadline]
• Amy Smart, Terry Crews, Eddie Cibrian, and Nia Long have all signed up for Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club, Lionsgate announced Monday. Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids) and William Levy (of Dancing With the Stars fame) costar in a comedy about a group of single mothers who create a support group. As the needlessly possessive title suggests, Tyler Perry will direct from his script, and also star. Lionsgate has set the film for a May 9, 2014 release.
• Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga) will star in Tatua, about an assassin with the ability to use weapons tattooed on his skin, necessitating we see a great deal of his skin, which is why Kellan Lutz has a career. Visual effects artist Aaron Sims will make his feature directing debut from a script by Paul Layden. [Deadline]
• Minnie Driver, Alfred Molina, and Paul Adelstein (ABC’s Private Practice) will star in Return to Zero, an indie drama about a married couple (Driver and Adelstein) who navigate the terrifying consequences of a still born baby. Molina will play their doctor. Kathy Baker (Big Miracle), Andrea Anders (ABC’s Better Off Ted) and Sarah Jones (CBS’ Vegas) costar. Sean Hanish will direct from his script. [THR]