Tyrese To Play Teddy Pendergrass In Biopic, Lee Daniels Will Direct & Produce

Tyrese To Play Teddy Pendergrass In Biopic, Lee Daniels Will Direct & Produce

Teddy Pendergrass’ life story will be told on the big screen.


According to reports, Warner Bros. has acquired the life rights of the late singer’s life, with Tyrese Gibson to star as the Pendergrass. The project will chronicle the legendary singer’s tumultuous life journey.

Lee Daniels

Donald De Line will produce through his De Line Pictures studio banner, along with Lee Daniels and Gibson via his Voltron Pictures. Teddy Pendergrass’ widow, Joan Pendergrass, is an executive producer.

Tyrese shared his excitement on social media.


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This is the moment we walked out of our “pitch” meeting with Kevin McCormick there was a feeling that the Teddy Pendergrass movie was going to happen……. Warner Bros we are honored to take this journey with you!!!! ( see the link in my bio with the DEADLINE announcement) Honored to take this journey this is a role that I feel I was born to play… Teddy Pendergrass embraced me and before died he put the responsibility on my shoulders to tell his story… So of course being here in this time , space and moment to take this journey with another Philadelphia legend and genius director Lee Daniels, Donald Deline, little Marvin and Kevin McCormick at Warner Bros is an answered prayer all in itself… Teddy I hope we make you, your wife and family proud…: Here we go!!! @littlemarvin @theoriginalbigdaddy @charliemackfirstout here we go!!!!!!!!

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Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pendergrass initially rose to musical fame as the lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes.

After leaving the group over monetary disputes in 1976, Pendergrass launched a successful solo career under the Philadelphia International label, releasing five consecutive platinum albums, then a record for an African-American R&B artist.

Pendergrass’ career was suspended after a near-fatal car crash in March 1982 that left him paralyzed from the chest down. Pendergrass continued his successful solo career until announcing his retirement in 2007. Pendergrass died from colon cancer in January 2010.

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Authored by: Kellie Williams