Gandolfini's in for 'Healing'


James Gandolfini has come aboard to star in and produce "Sexual Healing," a biopic about singer Marvin Gaye.

Jesse L. Martin already is set to play Gaye in the film, which will be directed by Lauren Goodman.

The film focuses on the last years of Gaye's life. Gandolfini will play Gaye's manager, Freddy Cousaert, the promoter who guided the singer through the recording of his biggest-selling album, "Midnight Love." Goodman wrote the script loosely based on Steven Turner's book "Trouble Man."

Gandolfini will produce via his Attaboy shingle with his partner Alexandra Ryan. Also producing are Ayo Davis, Efuru Flowers and Roger Haber.

Gary Hamilton's Arclight Films will executive produce and handle international sales for the $15 million production. Principal photography is scheduled to begin April 15 on locations in Massachusetts, Ostend, Belgium, and Los Angeles.

Victor Syrmis is executive producer with Hamilton.

Arclight Films is handling sales at Berlin's European Film Market next week.

Gandolfini, repped by Endeavor, won the SAG Award on Sunday night for outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series for "The Sopranos."