Brendan Gleeson has been cast as music promoter Freddy Cousaertin in an upcoming biopic of troubled soul legend Marvin Gaye.

The Dublin-born actor will play Belgian promoter Cousaertin in Sexual Healing, a film about Gaye currently being made by British director Julien Temple. The late Cousaertin was the man who convinced the singer to live in Ostend, Belgium towards the end of his career and encouraged him to put his past drug abuse behind him.

Cousaertin 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.

Mr Marvin Gaye

Jesse L. Martin, who has appeared in TV series Smash, Law and Order and Ally McBeal, will star as Gaye, the legendary but tragic singer who was gunned down by his father in April 1984. Epatha Merkerson, who recently starred in Lincoln and The Good Wife, plays Marvin's mother Alberta in the film.

The biopic, scripted by former EastEnders and Holby City writer Matthew Broughton, will focus on the 18 months Gaye spent in Belgium recording Midnight Love.

Sexual Healing is the latest in a long line of music-related films from Julien Temple, director of The Great Rock `n' Roll Swindle, Sex Pistols documentary The Filth and The Fury, and Oil City Confidential, a film about classic London band Dr Feelgood.

Temple has also directed videos for Blur, The Kinks and David Bowie.