Soul legend Marvin Gaye's son, also called Marvin, has begged Lenny Kravitz not to play his dad in a biopic of his late father's life, calling the production, "shamefull".
The film will reportedly focus on the difficult period in the Motown superstar's life in the 1980s, a period of drug problems that culminated in the singer being infamously shot dead by his father in 1984.
Kravitz has signed up for the film, called 'Sexual Healing', but Gaye III wants him to drop out, a plea made more potent by the pair apparently going to school together and remaining friends ever since.
Soul legend Marvin Gaye, whose family want a film about the star to be stopped (Photo: WENN
Marvin Gaye III told TMZ, "The producers and directors of this film are very wrong and shameful ... [They're] trying to do a film about a low period in his life. They don't even know the whole story".
Gaye rose to fame in the 1960s as part of the 'Motown' soul scene, before gaining huge success in the 1970s with hits like 'Let's Get It On' and 'Sexual Healing', before his decline in the 1980s.
Lenny Kravitz is set to play Marvin Gaye in the biopic 'Sexual Healing' (Photo: JLN Photography/WENN)
The son of the star told the website that he had gone to school with Kravitz and he wants to get hold of his chum to, "talk to him about why he would do this."
If that doesn't work however the Gaye family are set to go down the legal route to halt production, but he hopes that this won't be neccessary, saying: "I would hope [Lenny] doesn't have any idea that we are against this film being done."