LATEST: LAW + ORDER star Jesse L Martin's wish to star as late soul star Marvin Gaye in a biopic, has been realised.

The actor has spent months dropping hints about his dream to bring the singer's life story to the big screen, and now the project, named SEXUAL HEALING, has been given the greenlight.

In December (05) Martin said, "I'd love to play Marvin Gaye. I've been sort of chasing it for a really, really long time.

"If I'm really lucky, and everybody keeps a kind thought in their heads for me, I just may get to do it."

Taking a cue from recent biopic successes, RAY and Walk the Line, the film will document the Motown icon's battle with drugs and depression leading up to his death just before his 45th birthday in 1984.

Director Lauren Goodman says,"More than just being the voice of a generation, Marvin Gaye proved to be its very heartbeat."

The independently-financed film will be shot on location in Hungary and Germany.