Tyrese Gibson is finally getting his wish to play R&B crooner Teddy Pendergrass in a biopic after pitching the movie for years.

The Fast and Furious star pitched his idea to play the singer-songwriter in a biopic back in 2010, the year Pendergrass died after a battle with cancer at the age of 59.

But Tyrese suffered numerous delays and setbacks due to ongoing disputes between the family over his estate. The delays contributed to his infamous meltdown on social media.

Warner Bros. acquired Teddy's life rights and green lighted the biopic with Tyrese in the starring role as well as producer alongside Empire director Lee Daniels.

"I am honored to take this journey," said Tyrese in a statement to Deadline. "This is the role that I feel I was born to play. 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!!"

The Transformers star and Grammy-nominated singer shared pictures of news articles on Instagram, photos of him at Pendergrass' funeral and with the musician before he died, as well as a video of him, Lee, producer Donald De Line and screenwriter Little Marvin celebrating as they came out of a pitch with Warner Bros.

"This is the moment we walked out of our 'pitch' meeting with (Warner Bros. Executive VP, Production) 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!!!!" he wrote.

Pendergrass shot to fame in the early 1970s as the lead singer of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes before finding success as a solo artist, with hits such as "Close the Door" and "Love T.K.O.".

In 1982 he suffered a spinal cord injury in a car accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down. After years of rehab, he continued to enjoy a successful music career until his retirement in 2007.

Teddy's widow Joan, who won control of his estate in 2014, will serve as an executive producer of the biopic.

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  • tia

    This may not be a bad choice and probably will be very good.

  • Trey

    Tyrese can sing so Im good with this

  • iWasteTime

    I think I'm here for this.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    His unstable azz needs the money so.......

  • T Willis

    I saw Tyrese in concert ??Lawd that man can saaaaaang! Anthony Hamilton made me a huge fan when I caught him in concert too.

    Side note, that baby is so adorable! Lol

  • Coy little wink

    Was teddy known for having meltdowns? If so then I guess...

  • free

    tyrese is gonna be SOOOOOOO extra in this movie.

  • MNjumpoffacliff

    He can sang any day it's the tweets and talking we hate. He did good on the Shame video.

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  • MNjumpoffacliff

    I am too

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs


    Speaking his name may make his social media accounts reactivate?????

  • Alextra Ballard

    I usta love Teddy P....I still lissen to his musik....I ain neva know teddy for being a nutcase. Folks lied on Teddy tawkin bout a transgender was giving him some head and cause him to have an accident that left him paralyzed. I went to one of his concerts and wimmen were actually throwing pannies.

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  • Alextra Ballard

    i play his Shame at least 20-11 times aday

  • Soda

    Is this a tv movie because as much as I like Teddy, his life didn't seem theater worthy. Too bad dude from Law and Order never got to do that Marvin Gaye movie.

  • sjames

    i'm starting to side eye tf outta Lee Daniels. something about him i don't like

  • Phillybruh

    They got the transgendered and Dr. J's wife outta that car with the quickness.

  • Seldomseen

    Glad he done got on the good foot cuz.......

  • OvertheMississippi

    Don't duck it up!!

  • Coy little wink

    So that was a real woman giving him sloppy top?

  • justlooking

    Mostly recently saw a special on showtime it was great. The transvite he picked up that infamous night was also made an appearance.?

  • Coy little wink

    She looks like she is tired of his mouth...

  • Wreckognize Game

    Extra af. I need Lee to make this movie more like The Butler and less like Empire. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

  • justlooking

    Sorry to burst your bubble. Teddy was a rock star. That had a hell of cocaine habit. And the man was in the middle of transitioning. Yep.

  • Ryan

    I wonder if they'll cover EVERYTHANG.

  • Mielle Downey

    Sun on the beach!!!

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  • justlooking

    Anthony can sing her face off.

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  • Panther Charleston

    Teddy was a beautiful man. Tyrese does not have the same look.

  • Panther Charleston already got your flashlight out.

  • Evillene

    She was transgendered. She'd had gender reassignment surgery, none of the men who encountered her, including Teddy, had any reason to know or believe she'd not been born a woman. The only way the world found out is because when she went to the police station she was recognized by a female officer who was familiar with her past life.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Say what

  • Evillene

    I really don't want to hear Tyrese singing Teddy Pendergrass songs. Otherwise, I hope they do him justice.

  • Coy little wink

    Lololo don't let that baby fool you...

  • angrysolo

    cording to the documentary, after the accident he and his family staged a mock funeral so he could see how much he’d be missed since he had wanted to commit suicide

  • Alextra Ballard

    yew know make up does wonders...I am definitely on board for this

  • Coy little wink

    The beard better be right!

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  • Fire & Ice

    Tyrese can sing but I don't think he can pull off Teddy vocally. The only person who I think can come close is Johnny Gill.

  • DeJeri

    Jamie Foxx playing Ray Charles was EPIC. I hope Tyrese does the man's music and life story justice in the same manner.

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  • WinterIsComing

    I hope he’s not a method actor. He has enough mental issues as it is...

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  • Kim’s Original Face

    Teddy was so damn handsome I just watched this documentary of him on showtime I believe last month so much talent and a beautiful voice.

    Idk about tyrese playing him but I’ll give it a shot

  • justlooking

    I'm not From Philly, but she had been working in a night life club and she admitted she was well known.

    Two people know the real truth, her and Teddy. But Okay what whatever you say. I wasn't there.


  • Alextra Ballard

    Tyrese lookin a tad old...I guess line and ackin crazy takes it toll


    I'm on the fence about this, but maybe this might get his head back where it needs to be......Black Ty used to be handsome....WTF happened Charlie!? Even when he's "dressed" his used to be smooth choco skin is blotchy and grey looking, he looks like he doesn't moisturize...idk! Good luck buck!

  • WinterIsComing

    Are they going to talk about the fact that he was gay?

  • oshh16

    I can't really see that but I don't care either way.
    Now when they cast Marvin Gaye they better get that one right. Handsome, debonair, sensual, vulnerable etc etc etc

  • WinterIsComing

    I feel like There are more rnb male singers that are into men.

  • Trace da Ace

    All I know since they are giving cray cray a chance to play Teddy....his ass better do it right!!! I ain't got time for Tyrese shenanigans messing up Teddy P's legacy.....jus saying....

  • Seldomseen

    You think he still touched? Hope that baby safe.

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  • Trace da Ace

    chile...that man will ALWAYS be "touched"

  • justlooking

    I think when folks mix liquor and drugs...Lines are crossed. This is my opinion. PERIODT

  • Coy little wink

    I think his wife keeps him medicated. So to answer you..YES

  • WinterIsComing

    Agreed! Richard Pryor is proof of that.

  • Yoni7

    I'm sure he can get the singing down.....but when he wins an Oscar for that "car scene", then I'm going to look at him a lil sideways. How you doin'? Congrats to him!

  • Yoni7

    Because like I just said......if he wins an Oscar for playing the hell out of THAT scene. Then I know somethin'.

  • Miss Lady

    Maybe they will since Lee Daniels is working on it. I have not seen anything by him that didn't have a snap to it.

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  • Topic Influencer

    Watched the Teddy documentary on Showtime. Ummm its pretty clear he had that lady Taaz killed. Watched it just last night. So he gonna be playing a murderer. Congrats Tyrese

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  • Capricornlady

    WAIT WHAT?? Teddy P was about that life?

  • Roderick2011

    I thought his passenger was actually a biological woman not a tranny.

  • BingBangBoom

    Chile I watched that last week.. It was good.. But yeah you right he had that lady killed.. She was about to own all of Teddy..

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  • BingBangBoom

    I love me some Teddy! I wished that Tranny would've just told him about being a man.. Instead found out while driving causing a huge wreck. All Trannys should disclose themselves upfront and stop trying to fool these men.

  • Dun Dilly

    Teddy and LUTHER were VERY close...hmmmmm

  • kre

    Great choice, similar voice.

  • bemetoo

    It’s It’s a no for me dog I don’t see you playing Teddy Pendergrass no no no no ma’am cryress just don’t do it for me

  • hottlanta

    Well well well. Mr. Coke product placement is back.

  • hottlanta

    Yep he was on own. Goggle it and see for yourself.

  • hottlanta

    Betta say it. Forest whitaker did an excellent job as bird. Will never forget that one either.

  • hottlanta

    Yep l could see him wearing that leather jacket. Someone had a billboard with marvin gaye wearing that jacket n each time l saw it l would say yasssss.

  • Ac Ryte

    AWWWW the crybaby got a gig!

  • Rere

    If the real story about that car scene ain't included in the movie, it ain't worth watching ??

  • yvette46

    Tyrese?? That just put any black man!! So I guess for Prince biopic there going to use Wesley Snipes!!

  • angrysolo

    yez, they (his family) stated he was in his wheelchair with a sheet over him and wasn’t allowed to speak whilst his family etc. came up to him to express how much they “miss” him

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  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    I would love to hear Maxwell sing some Prince songs. I know he can hit those high notes!

  • Mrs. King

    Jaheim would’ve been a great Teddy, but he has to get clean.

  • Wyteprivilege

    I don't think so. The person looked exactly like a woman. I don't think he knew.

  • Wyteprivilege

    Mmm...the brakes of his car failed. Speculated that the police might have tampered with them beforehand since he was suing him.

  • BingBangBoom

    Did u see the showtime special? They think it was the breaks but don't know. But people in his squad think he was feeling on the ladies (tranny) legs and felt something up her skirt. He had prior interaction with her but first time they were in his car. You should check it out if you got 3.5 hours to spare.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    ...not handsome enough ?

  • leapyearpisces

    That baby don't even look like she like him. LOLOLOLOL. She's like this ninja whines and cries MORE THAN ME!

  • Keekz

    I guess I’ll miss this one. I can’t. He’s so annoying.

  • Cara

    I hope it flops because of tyrese. Love Teddy Pendergrass but will never ever support anything again tyrese does.

  • JazzyBossyJen

    Bilal is another one who can sing the hell out Prince songs..

  • Topic Influencer

    Another woman. Taaz Lang

  • Dahl

    Since Lee Daniels is involved, I winder if they’ll include the detail of him being in the car with a trans person when he crashed...

  • Dahl

    Yes!!! That Beautiful Ones performance was an instant classic...

  • Logan Roberts

    Tyrese is not handsome. ??Come on and go with me/Come on over to my place??

  • Passion

    Oh Hell Nawl, the wrong man, the wrong man!

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  • My Email

    I can see Stevie Wonder playing Teddy not no damn crybaby aZ Tyrese

  • mona q

    He’s not even tall enough or the right type of man! Tyrese is looking “different” these days

  • Marlika

    Bout damn time! This movie was suppose to have been done bout 10 years ago. He spent a lot of time with Teddy before he passed.

    I believe Tyrese can pull this off. He may be a lot of things but he can act and sang. He can’t sang like Teddy P though. He may end up lip singing for the movie.?????

    I know one with Sister Daniels DOES NOT NEED TO DIRECT THIS!!?????

  • Kimocha

    Well I'm excited for Tyrese and am really looking forward to seeing this movie!

  • Truth7981

    Hope they keep extra baby wipes on set for Tyrese. Sure he will throw a tantrum if things don't go his way.

  • disqus_IyEJdAN9NX

    In every old interview of and every performance from Teddy P he seemed very cocky and arrogant.

  • primadutch

    Damn, Patchy....either grow it out or shave it off!!!!

  • parisjok

    he sure has strong genes. both of his daughters look just alike and look like him which is not a good thing.

  • parisjok

    so funny

  • onelove

    he will do a great job i'm sure

  • onelove

    tee hee hee

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