Sunday, May 22, 2022

Wendell Pierce Tapped to Play Blues Icon B.B. King in Biopic


*Actor Wendell Pierce has been tapped to portray legendary blues artist B.B. King in a new film.

Pierce, known for his performances in “The Wire” and “Treme,” announced the project on social media. 

“We are official. Preparation has begun on a film where I will be honored to play the great, BB King. Humbled.,” Pierce tweeted Monday.

“An icon playing an icon. I can’t to watch you and BB shine together, my friend. Sending so much love to you and this production,” actor Jimmi Simpson responded. 

Singer Tank also commented, “WOW!!!!… You are absolutely the artist to paint this colossal cathedral!!”

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King died in 2015 at age 89, and is considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time. His career spanned nearly six decades, earning the singer 15 Grammys and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. His biggest hit was “The Thrill Is Gone.”

King was twice married and had 15 children. He died at his Las Vegas home in 2015 after a months-long battle with various health problems. Many of his famous friends took to social media to express their sympathy and condolences following his death.

“I want to thank him for all the inspiration and encouragement he gave me as a player over the years. And for the friendship we enjoyed,” Eric Clapton said on Facebook at the time “There’s not a lot left to say, because this music is almost a thing of the past now. There are not many left who play it in the pure way that B.B. did. He was a beacon for all of us who loved this kind of music, and I thank him from the bottom of my heart.”

Pierce has acted in films like “Malcolm X” and “Selma,” and shows including “Suits” and “Ray Donovan,” and recently starred in “Chicago P.D.” and the “Jack Ryan” series.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.



  1. It’s not a biopic. That’s a misleading headline. It’s the life story of an unknown who knew BB for a few years. It’s not about BB or his music.

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