Well, this is awkward. Days after Wendell Pierce excitedly announced he would be starring as B.B. King in a biopic, the estate of the late Blues legend said, “Aht Aht!“
Apparently, there has been a big misunderstanding in this danceree.
According to the estate, they have an official biopic in the works and they are eyeing “Saturday Night Live” star Kenan Thompson for the lead role.
The Thrill Is On, the film Wendell announced, is a totally separate project and the estate wanted him to make that very clear.
Wendell Pierce returned to social media to set the record straight.
The Estate of BB King has requested I clarify the film THE THRILL IS ON is not a biopic in the traditional sense. It is a dramatized version of a real-life friendship story in the spirit of the film ROUND MIDNIGHT. The friendship of 2 musicians, one being the King of the Blues.
As I stated before, and nothing has changed: I promised BB King before he died, I will honor him and his creative genius. An American Icon.
See his original tweet below.
Sheesh! I guess I’ll be watching both projects.