Wendell Pierce (a.k.a. Bunk from 'The Wire') Is Playing B.B. King in a Biopic
The upcoming film is called 'The Thrill Is On'
Pierce took to his Twitter to make the announcement, tweeting "We are official. Preparation has begun on a film where I will be honored to play the great, BB King. Humbled."
He then added, "I promised BB King before he died, I will honor him and his creative genius. An American Icon."
The B.B. King biopic is titled The Thrill Is On, and IMDb describes it like this: "A drama centered on the friendship between B.B King and young musician Michael Zanetis."
Zanetis is also serving as co-writer alongside Melora Donoghue, though so far no director has been revealed.
Of course, this wouldn't mark the first time Pierce has played a musician, as he took on the role of jazz player Antoine Batiste in Treme. He didn't, however, land the role of Cleveland Brown in Family Guy.
Stay tuned and see Pierce's tweets below.
I promised BB King before he died, I will honor him and his creative genius. An American Icon. pic.twitter.com/htICX6IIif— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) October 19, 2020
Michael Zanetas, producer and myself in preparation for the BB King biopic. The Thrill is On! A thrill of a lifetime. pic.twitter.com/0He6Zi2Kbo— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) October 19, 2020