The music legend gave his seal of approval to 'Ray' shortly before his death...

A biopic about the life of

late star RAY CHARLES, who died

earlier this month, is to be released in October.

Charles had given the project, called ‘Ray’, the

green light and met Jamie Foxx, the

actor who would play him, several months ago.

Foxx sings some of

Charles’ classics, though the

legendary blues and soul man re-recorded many of his

old hits for the film.

“Ray Charles okayed the script, and he was 100%

supportive of what we were doing in telling his life

story,” music supervisor Curt Sobel told Billboard

magazine. “Jamie only sang on the set, not in the

studio. We felt that many of the older songs needed to

have Ray’s vocals.”

The film is directed by Taylor

Hackford, the man behind 1987’s classic

‘Chuck Berry: Hail Hail Rock and

Roll’ – a documentary based around

Berry’s 60th birthday concert in St


A soundtrack album for ‘Ray’ will

be released in August.