Tyrese Gibson to Star in Teddy Pendergrass Biopic

Tyrese Gibson will star as singer-songwriter Teddy Pendergrass in a biopic set up with Warner Bros., which has acquired the life rights to the late singer.Pendergrass broke out in the early 1970s as the lead singer of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, and became a massive success as an R&B solo artist with five consecutive platinum albums.

He suffered a spinal cord injury in a 1982 traffic accident that left him a quadriplegic, learned how to sing again and returned to perform at the Live Aid Concert at Wembley Stadium in London in 1985.Pendergrass continued his solo career until announcing his retirement in 2007.

He died of cancer in 2010.Gibson will also produce with his Voltron Pictures with “Empire” co-creator and executive producer Lee Daniels and Donald De Line through De Line Pictures.

Warner Bros.

has hired Little Marvin (creator of Amazon’s upcoming “Them”) to write the screenplay.

Teddy Pendergrass’ widow,

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