A biopic is underway for singer Tammi Terrell, best known for her 1960s Motown hits alongside Marvin Gaye, according to Deadline

Kat Graham of “The Vampire Diaries” will be making her feature debut in her depiction of Terrell. The project, written by Maryam Myika Day, will follow Terrell’s career from her beginnings as a backup singer in the James Brown Revue to her partnering with Gaye on classics such as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing.” The film will also cover her untimely passing in 1970 due to a brain tumor at the age of 24.

Graham told Deadline that she was moved by the singer’s music and life story. 

Tammi Terrell defined passion and soul itself. … Getting lost in the music enabled her to override life’s punishments — for when she sang, she could use the hurt to create greatness and give the world hope that maybe they could overcome their pain as well.

The film will be shot next year.