8 MILE star Mekhi Pfifer is set to star in and direct a new movie about soul great Al Green.

Inspired by Jamie Foxx's Oscar-winning portrayal of Ray Charles, Pfifer plans to bring his hero's story to the big screen.

The ER regular tells MTV News, "I've already met with Al Green... I've always been an avid, avid fan of Al Green, his music, his legacy, and I just really wanted to portray it to the world.

"Al has full confidence, and he's like, 'Just do me right.' We're just creating the story that we're going to show to the public, because obviously he's still alive. So it's just finding the right story that has the most impact."

The film is expected to feature on Green's rise to acclaim in the 1970s and his decision to turn his back on the business and become a minister.

Pfifer insists he'll follow Foxx's example in Ray and lip-sync to classic Green hits like LET'S STAY TOGETHER: "I'll be lipsyncing; I'll be acting like I sing."