Tyrese will star as the late icon Teddy Pendergrass n new a biopic.Warner Bros. has acquired the life rights to the late singer and Gibson – along with “Empire” co-creator and executive producer Lee Daniels and Donald De Line through De Line Pictures – will produce the flick.
Pendergrass hit the scene in the 70s as the lead singer ofHarold Melvin &The Blue Notes and brought us numerous hits like “Close the Door.” In the early 80’s, the legend suffered a spinal cord injury in a traffic accident that left him a quadriplegic. He later returned to perform again 1985 and continued his solo career until he passed away of cancer in 2010.
“Teddy Pendergrass embraced me and before he passed put the responsibility on my shoulders to tell his story,” Tyrese shared in a statement. “This is the role that I feel I was born to play – just hope we make you, your wife and family proud.”