PRNewsFoto/MBK EntertainmentTyrese has been tapped to portray Teddy Pendergrass in an upcoming biopic, Deadline has learned.
According to the report, Warner Bros Pictures acquired the rights to the life of the late R&B legend, and has recruited Donald De Line to produce the project, along with Lee Daniels and Tyrese himself.
Joan Pendergrass, the “Love T.K.O” crooner’s widow, is also on board as an executive producer.
“I am honored to take this journey…this is the role that I feel I was born to play,” the singer and actor said in a statement, according to Deadline.
“Teddy Pendergrass embraced me and before he passed put the responsibility on my shoulders to tell his story,” Tyrese continued. “Being here in this time and in this space and moment…is an answered prayer. Teddy, I just hope we make you, your wife and family proud… Here we go!!”
Teddy Pendergrass first found fame as the lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, and then launched a hugely successful solo career. In 1982, he was in a near-fatal car crash that left him paralyzed from the chest down, but he continued to sing until he retired in 2007. He died of complications from colon cancer in 2010.