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Chuck Berry's widow authorises biopic and documentary

LEGACY: Chuck Berry (Photo credit: PA)

CHUCK BERRY'S widow has signed a deal to bring the iconic musician's life story to the screen in a documentary and biopic, music-news reports.

Themetta Berry, who lost her husband of 68 years at the age of 90 in March last year (17) has signed a deal with executives at U.K. film company Cardinal Releasing to produce the movies, according to Deadline.com.

Jon Brewer, who has previously documented the lives of music legends including Nat King Cole, B.B. King and Jimi Hendrix, is to produce and direct the factual film, tentatively titled Chuck! The Documentary.

"I am very privileged to be able to produce and direct this fully authorised and official story of the legendary Chuck Berry," the filmmaker said in a statement.

Principal photography has already begun on the documentary, with production on the biopic to follow after its completion.

The rocker has been played on screen before, notably by the rapper Mos Def in the 2008 movie Cadillac Records, which chronicled the life of Chicago, Illinois record executive Leonard Chess.

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