"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!!"
In addition to Tyrese and Lee Daniels being among the three producers of the film, Pendergrass’ widow Joan will serve as executive producer. Little Marvin will pen the screenplay. Last year, he was named writer and executive producer, along with Lena Waithe, of the horror anthology series Them on Amazon Studios.