Tyrese Gibson will star as singer-songwriter Teddy Pendergrass in a biopic that has been set up at Warner Bros. Pictures and Voltron Pictures.
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.
He suffered a spinal cord injury in a 1982 traffic accident that left him a quadriplegic. He learned how to sing again and returned to perform at the Live Aid Concert at Wembley Stadium in London in 1985. He eventually retired in 2007 and died of cancer in 2010.
Warners has acquired the late singer’s life rights and “Them” creator Little Marvin will write the screenplay while Gibson, Donald De Line and “Empire” executive producer Lee Daniels will produce.