Jamie Foxx will be co-producing a miniseries telling the story of late singer Marvin Gaye.
Jamie Foxx is no stranger to the world of music. Aside from winning an Academy Award for his incredibly portrayal of Ray Charles in 2004’s Ray, the forty-eight year old actor and comedian has also appeared on songs by Kanye West, T.I., and the Black Eyed Peas, as well as releasing his own albums which he’s sung on and produced that have made in within the top ten on the Billboard 200 chart.
He’ll be bringing both worlds together once again in the near future, as he’s reportedly set to produce a miniseries chronicling the life of late Motown singer Marvin Gaye. Foxx will be working alongside Suzanne de Passe of de Passe Jones Entertainment and Madison Jones to produce the series before shopping it around to linear and digital outlets, mostly likely for a proposed late 2017 premiere.
There have been many attempts by showbiz powerhouse players like Lenny Kravitz, F. Gary Gray, Cameron Crowe, and James Gandolfini, to create a biopic about the late singer, who rose to fame in the seventies with albums like What’s Going On and Let’s Get It On. With a resume like Foxx’s however, those who knew Gaye best had nothing but thumbs up and praise to say about the Oscar winner.
Motown Founder Berry Gordy Jr. gave Foxx his blessing, saying, “Marvin was the truest artist I have ever known. I am confident that this is the right team to bring his story to the audience in an authentic and compelling way."
There hasn’t been much speculation as of yet on who will be portraying the Gaye, who was tragically killed at the age of 44.
Biopics can be especially difficult to pull off, and even tougher when covering a highly covered subject like the music industry in the sixties and seventies. So music fans should be optimistic that after many failed attempts, Foxx’s presence finally gave producers the green light to work on this upcoming series to really bring the R&B icon back to life.