The Wire Star Wendell Pierce To Play Bluesman B.B. King In Biopic
The Bunk is getting some well-deserved love from big-screen Hollywood. Wendell Pierce managed to deliver standout performances on David Simon’s HBO series The Wire time and time again, even with an immensely talented cast surrounding him at all times. His performance on Simon’s latest HBO effort Treme has been similarly captivating. Now, all of that fantastic small-screen work will be given its due with a high-profile gig starring in a biopic.
Pierce will play — in a bit of pitch-perfect casting, I might add — blues legend B.B. King in B.B. King and I. The news comes from Pierce’s Twitter feed, but it’s Shadow and Act that has the scoop. After doing some digging, the indieWIRE site confirmed via the film’s Facebook page that Pierce will star as King alongside Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous) as Michael (and presumably the title’s “I”). The story will apparently follow a 10-year trajectory, running through how King got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Shadow and Act has a bit more detail on who this Michael might be. Check out the source link for the full story.