A new biopic about blue legend B.B. King is in the works. It’s called The Thrill Is On and its star has been announced, Collider reports. Wendell Pierce will play King. Pierce, who is arguably best known for his performance as Bunk Moreland on The Wire, has starred in Treme, Jack Ryan, Suits, and more.
“We are official,” Pierce wrote. “Preparation has begun on a film where I will be honored to play the great, BB King. Humbled. I promised BB King before he died, I will honor him and his creative genius. An American Icon.”
B.B. King died in 2015. Read Carvell Wallace’s article for Pitchfork, “To Make Other People Feel What You Feel: The Truth of B.B. King.”