Jesse L. Martin To Co-Star in CW Pilot ‘The Flash’

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 1:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Jesse L Martin The Flash CW PilotLaw & Order alum Jesse L. Martin is set to co-star opposite Grant Gustin in the CW pilot The Flash, based on the DC comic. The project, from Warner Bros TV and Berlanti Productions, is an origin story about Barry Allen aka The Flash (Gustin), a Central City assistant police forensics investigator who arrives in Starling to look into a series of unexplained robberies that may have a connection to a tragedy in his past. Martin will play Detective West, an honest, blue-collar cop who is a surrogate father to Allen. This is a familiar territory for Martin, who is probably best known for his nine-year stint as Detective Ed Green on NBC’s Law & Order. He had been approached for several pilots before choosing The Flash.

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Originally envisioned as a backdoor pilot episode of Arrow, Flash will now film a regular pilot. The move  is clearly geared toward a series pickup as a stand-alone pilot would allow the series to “start off with a bang” the way Arrow did with its pilot episode, the CW president Mark Pedowitz said last week, adding that he is “bullish” on the project. Read More »

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Focus Features Intl. Brings Sexual Healing To Cannes: Selling Marvin Gaye Biopic

Mike Fleming

Focus Features International will sell worldwide rights to the untitled biopic that Julien Temple will direct with Rent and Law & Order‘s Jesse L. Martin starring as the iconic soul singer with the sweet voice and troubled personal life. Script is by Matthew Broughton, and In Bruges‘ Brendan Gleeson will play the role of Freddy Cousaert, who met Marvin Gaye in 1981 in the Belgian fishing village of Ostend when the singer was battling everything from drug problems to the IRS. Cousaert helped the singer regain his mojo, leading to a comeback that included hits like Sexual Healing. Vicky Krieps (Hanna) also stars and Dwight Henry (the bakery owner who played Hushpuppy’s father in Beasts Of The Southern Wild) will play Gaye’s father, who silenced his son with a gunshot.

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Jesse L. Martin To Play Marvin Gaye In ‘Sexual Healing’, Replaces Lenny Kravitz

By | Monday March 4, 2013 @ 10:34am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Marvin Gaye, Jesse L. MartinAfter years of gestation and obstacles for a slew of competing projects, a Marvin Gaye feature biopic will be made after all. I’ve learned that Jesse L. Martin will play the Motown … Read More »

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Jesse L. Martin To Star In NBC’s ‘Secret Lives Of Husbands & Wives’ Pilot

By | Wednesday October 10, 2012 @ 12:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Jesse L Martin Secret Lives Of Husbands And Wives PilotLaw & Order alum Jesse L. Martin is set to star opposite Martin Henderson in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced NBC drama pilot The Secret Lives Of Husbands And Wives. Read More »

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Jesse L. Martin Joins ‘Smash’ As Recurring

By | Friday September 14, 2012 @ 10:40am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Law & Order alum Jesse L. Martin is returning to NBC with a recurring role on the network’s musical drama Smash. He will play Scott Welker, an Artistic Director of a theater company who has history with … Read More »

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