B.B. King Estate Announces Official Biopic, Clears Up Wendell Pierce Confusion (Exclusive)

An official biopic of iconic blues musician B.B.

King is going into pre-production in 2021, Vassal Benford, chairman of King’s estate, tells Variety.

This is a separate project from “The Thrill Is On,” which is a drama about King’s friendship with drummer Michael Zanetis starring Wendell Pierce as King.Confusion first arose when “The Wire” and “Selma” actor Pierce announced that he would play King via Twitter on Oct.


“We are official.

Preparation has begun on a film where I will be honored to play the great B.B.

King,” Pierce wrote.

This led many to assume he would be playing King in a biopic retelling the late singer-guitarist’s life story.Pierce expanded on the situation on Oct.

22, writing: “The Estate of B.B.

King has requested I clarify the film ‘The Thrill Is On’ is not a biopic in the traditional sense.

It is a dramatized version

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