Mike Epps Confirmed to Play Richard Pryor in Lee Daniels’ Biopic

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A biopic of legendary comedian Richard Pryor has been in the works for years now, but it appears that the film is finally coming to fruition.  We learned earlier this year that Precious and The Butler director Lee Daniels was signing on to helm the biopic, as contenders for the role of Pryor emerged.  Actors like Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock had all vied for the part at one point or another in previous iterations of the project, and Daniels’ iteration was reported to have Murphy, Marlon Wayans, and Michael B. Jordan circling the role.  But over all the iterations, one name had regularly surfaced as a standout: Mike Epps.  Apparently his screen test for a previous version of the film blew people away, and last night on Twitter Daniels and Epps confirmed that the Hangover and Next Friday actor will indeed be playing Richard Pryor in this new biopic.  More on the Richard Pryor movie after the jump.

Epps was actually previously cast as Richard Pryor in another version of this project, with the Pryors themselves choosing him for the part.  However, that movie fell apart before cameras rolled.  Now Daniels is set to direct the biopic for The Weinstein Company, and after a few rounds of auditions he settled on Epps to take on the role.  Daniels has a few other films that he’s developing, including a Janis Joplin biopic with Amy Adams and the wrongful imprisonment drama The Brian Banks Story, but it very much looks like the Richard Pryor film will be his next project.  With The Weinstein Company involved, you can bet the pic will be part of the awards race.

Daniels broke the news on his Twitter last night (along with Oprah Winfrey for some reason—maybe she’s a producer?), and then Epps took to Twitter himself to post a photo of him and Richard Pryor’s widow.  Check them both out below.

 

 

 

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  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    NICE!! Marlon wasn’t a bad choice (he’s got the dramatic chops, see “Requiem for a Dream) but Epps is a better choice I think. Too bad Mr. Carey (aka Nick Cannon) didn’t get the job like he’s been angling. LOL

    Bring it Mike!!

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    NICE!! Marlon wasn’t a bad choice (he’s got the dramatic chops, see “Requiem for a Dream) but Epps is a better choice I think. Too bad Mr. Carey (aka Nick Cannon) didn’t get the job like he’s been angling. LOL

    Bring it Mike!!

  • Kyle Chandler

    Epps could be amazing, but I’m kind of concerned that Lee Daniels isn’t the right person to direct this film. We’ll wait and see, but as a huge lover of Pryor I just want it to at least be a fraction as awesome as he was.

    • Bo

      Yea, I think you’re right concerning Daniels directing this film about Pryor. Pryor was a crazed and funny genius and Daniels hasn’t an ounce of that kind of sensibility. Plus Oprah? Neither of them have a clue of what it was the drove Pryor. They both are really mushy, sentimental goofs that sugar-coat the truth; Pryor would have and did rip the likes of them to pieces. Oh well, Hollywood and all that!

  • Kyle Chandler

    Epps could be amazing, but I’m kind of concerned that Lee Daniels isn’t the right person to direct this film. We’ll wait and see, but as a huge lover of Pryor I just want it to at least be a fraction as awesome as he was.

  • CJ

    The headline should be: ‘MIke Epps to star in LEE DANIELS PRESENTS LEE DANIELS’ ‘RICHARD PRYOR’ A FILM BY LEE DANIELS’.

    • Agent777

      YES!

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  • Strong Enough

    oprah as producer? crap get ready for the disney version

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  • Agent777

    I forsee this being to Richard Pryor what Dracula: Untold will be for Dracula.

  • Jef

    Lee Daniels doesn’t have 1% of the talent Pryor had.

  • Cedhollywood

    I know Epps has the comedy timing and rhythm’s but can he take his acting to the next level to play such a complex deep,dark,complicated character like Pryor? I hope so. We got a sneak peak on film of Pryor’s past when he played himself in Jo Jo Dancer which had its moments of what a troubled life Pryor had. So I’m really looking forward to seeing this and how Epps and Daniels expand and go even deeper into the best comedian ever.

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