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Tyrese to Star in Upcoming Teddy Pendergrass Biopic

The singer will embark on portraying the late music icon.

Tyrese to Star in Upcoming Teddy Pendergrass Biopic
Tyrese performs at the 34th annual UNCF Atlanta Mayor's Masked Ball on Saturday, December 16th 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Marriott Marquis (Credit: Jamie Lamor Thompson / Shutterstock.com)

Singer/actor Tyrese is set to play iconic R&B singer-songwriter Teddy Pendergrass in a new movie project.

According to Deadline, Warner Bros Pictures acquired Pendergrass’ life rights. The film will be produced through Donald De Line’s studio, De Line Pictures, Tyrese’s Voltron Pictures and Lee Daniels, who shared his enthusiasm about the project.

“So excited about this one!!!!#teddypendergrass,” Daniels wrote on Instagram. “@tyrese will crush this.”

The movie project is Tyrese’s first since his public gripe with his former co-star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson after the wrestler-turned-actor secured a Fast & Furious spin-off in 2017.

The studio tapped Little Marvin, the creator of Amazon’s Them series, to write the screenplay. Pendergrass’ widow, Joanne, will executive produce the film.

The project comes on the heels of Showtime’s documentary Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me, which aired during Black History Month.

The Philadelphia-born singer was the first male African-American artist to record five consecutive platinum albums. During the height of his success, he was left paralyzed from the chest down after a car crash in March 1982.

Through will and determination, Pendergrass revived his music career, which he maintained until retiring in 2007. He died in January 2010 of respiratory failure at age 59.

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