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.