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Brendan Gleeson to play Marvin Gaye’s Belgian friend
Irish actor Brendan Gleeson has joined the cast of director Julien Temple’s much-anticipated Marvin Gaye biopic. He will play the late Belgian music promoter Freddy Cousaert, who convinced Gaye to live in Ostend towards the end of his career and encouraged him to put his past drug abuse behind him, reports RTE. Cousaert also guided Gaye through the recording of his hit comeback album, Midnight Love, the singer’s first post-Motown release which sold six million copies and became the biggest seller of his career. The film, which stars Jesse L Martin as the tragic soul legend, was recently picked up by executives at Focus Features International and the untitled project will be presented to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival in France next month. Temple’s film will focus on the 18 months Gaye spent in Belgium recording Midnight Love.