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*Focus Features International has picked up worldwide sales on director Julien Temple’s Untitled Marvin Gaye project, starring Jesse L. Martin as the late singer.

Focus will present the title to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival next month, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

With a screenplay by Matthew Broughton, the project will also star Golden Globe nominee Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges, Troy) in the role of Freddy Cousaert, Vicky Krieps (Hanna) as Eugenie and Dwight Henry (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) as the singer’s father.

Frederick Bestall of Auric Entertainment and Jimmy De Brabant from Delux Productions are producing. Grammy Award-winning producer Vassal Benford will executive produce alongside Peter Davy. Vassal will also compose the score.

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The film, currently shooting in Luxemburg and Belgium, will focus on the later part of Gaye’s life when he recorded one of his most lauded albums, “Midnight Love,” during an 18-month period in Belgium and his close but turbulent friendship with promoter Cousaert.

“Marvin Gaye is an iconic idol with a bittersweet story spanning success, fame and the torments of addiction,” FFI co-president Alison Thompson said. “With his long established track record in making movies about music and the great musicians who touch us all, Julien and his team are the ideal partners to bring the extraordinary life of Marvin Gaye to audiences around the world.”