*Terrence Howard is reportedly in talks for director Cameron Crowe’s planned biopic of Marvin Gaye for Sony Pictures reports Deadline.

Crowe (“Almost Famous,” “Elizabethtown”) has been developing the film for nearly four years with Will Smith eyed for the lead, but had to go back to the drawing board after he turned down the role.

Crowe has secured rights to Gaye’s music and scored the support of Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. Scott Rudin will produce.

Howard, meanwhile, says of his involvement: “Nothing’s been signed on paper yet. Everybody who loves music will hate me if I get this one wrong.”