Rob Verhorst/RedfernsJamie Foxx has signed on to co-produce a limited series that will chronicle the life of late soul legend Marvin Gaye.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Foxx is teaming up with Passe Jones Entertainment’s Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones on the project. The actor, who previously won an Academy Award for his portrayal of another soul icon, Ray Charles, will executive-produce the series, while Passe and Jones will shop it to media outlets.

“I’ve been a huge fan my whole life. [Gaye’s] brilliance in music unparalleled,” says Foxx. “Marvin Gaye’s story has always fascinated me.”

Foxx has received the support of Gaye’s family, who until now refused to authorize a project about the music icon. “This project will be a powerful and definitive telling of Marvin Gaye’s life story,” says the singer’s son Marvin Gaye III, who also will serve as an executive producer on the series.

Motown Records founder Berry Gordy also has given his blessing, adding, “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.”

As previously stated, this is not the first attempt to give Gaye the biopic treatment. Gary Gray, Cameron Crowe, James Gandolfini, Scott Rudin, actor Jesse L. Martin and singer/actor Lenny Kravitz all have tried to bring Gaye’s story to the screen.

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