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Tyrese Gibson To Star As Teddy Pendergrass In New Biopic [VIDEO]
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Tyrese Gibson is set to play R & B pioneer Teddy Pendergrass in an upcoming biopic for Warner Bros. The singer rose to fame in the mid 1970s with hits such as “Turn off the Lights," “Close the Door," “Love T.K.O” and more. The singer passed away from cancer in 2010 and is still proclaimed as one of the most iconic singers in the history of soul music.
The movie will document and explore the life of the Philadelphia-Native who became the first male African American artist to record five consecutive platinum albums. Pendergrass first rose to fame as a member of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, with the soulful 1972 single, “I Miss you” which was a top 10 hit.
Pendergrass continued to excel as a solo artist and released five consecutive platinum albums with several hits. He became paralyzed from a car accident that injured his spinal cord in 1982, but he learned how to sing again and returned to performing in 1985. He then retired in 2007.
“I am honored to take this journey… this is the role that I feel I was born to play,” Gibson took to Instagram. “Teddy Pendergrass embraced me and before he passed put the responsibility on my shoulders to tell his story. Being here in this time and in this space and moment with Lee Daniels, Donald De Line, Little Marvin and Warner Bros. is an answered prayer. Teddy, I just hope we make you, your wife and family proud… Here we go!!”
Gibson will produce alongside Director Lee Daniels, Donald De Line, Screenplay writer Little Marvin, and Pendergrass’ widow, Joan, who will serve as an executive producer.
Further details of the Pendergrass biopic are developing….