Warner Bros Pictures has acquired the life rights of the Philly-born R&B singer-songwriter Teddy Pendergrass and singer Tyrese Gibson will star as Teddy in a biopic.

“I am honored to take this journey… this is the role that I feel I was born to play,” Gibson said in a statement. “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!!”

Tyrese 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, Joan Pendergrass, is an executive producer.

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