Eddie Murphy Joins the Cast of Richard Pryor Biopic

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Eddie Murphy is in talks to join the cast of Lee Daniels’ untitled Richard Pryor biopic, sources confirm.

He will play the late comedian’s father, LeRoy “Buck Carter” Pryor, a boxer and WWII veteran, in the Weinstein Co. drama.

Mike Epps is attached to star as the legendary comedian.

“Harvey (Weinstein) would like it to be released for the Oscars. Because, you know, Harvey is good at that sh-t,” said Pryor’s wife and producer of the film, Jennifer, in a recent podcast.

Daniels teased the Murphy casting Thursday night on Instagram.

Strap in and brace yourself. They done let me and him out of our cages! #idonteventhinkimreadyforthisone! #excited #proud #OMG

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Murphy, who recently appeared in the “SNL” 40th anniversary special, grew up idolizing and impersonating Pryor as a comedian in the ’70s.

“Richard’s the one that made me want to do comedy,” he has previously said. “When I was little I used to sneak into my basement and put his albums on.”

Oprah Winfrey and Kate Hudson are rumored for supporting roles in the Richard Pryor project.

Daniels, who last re-teamed with the Weinstein Co. and Oprah on “The Butler,” is riding the success of his hit TV drama “Empire,” which Fox just renewed for a second season.

Murphy, repped by WME, can be seen next in the culinary drama “Cook.”

“Entertainment Tonight” first reported the news of his casting.

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  1. You never win an oscar if Oprah is in the cast JMO

  2. Dimples says:

    I would love to see Eddie Murphy play Richard pryor, How did they pick Mike over Eddie????
    Mike Epps is not funny at all. He’s not even an (A) actor!!! Eddie can personate everybody. Is is too late to re-cast??? I want Eddie how about the rest of ya’ll?????? I enjoyed seeing Redd Foxx, Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy in Harlem Nights. Now those or the KINGS of Comedy. Steve Harvey you & Cedric are funny but NO WAY or you funnier than Redd,Eddie or Richard!!!!!!!!!! I never understood them saying they was the kings of comedy? In who eyes????????? Eddie you need to do more good movies. Go back to the stand up concerts!!! I will goooooooooooooooooooooo!! Where is the respect of (GOOD ACTORS) not these rappers gone hollywood actors??? Not to dis anyone but those are just MY VIEWS!!!

  3. Drake L.A. says:

    the thought of anyone playing richard pryor OTHER than richard pryor makes me cringe.

  4. Domino Palm says:

    The need for a Richard Pryor biopic speaks for itself; such a persona comes along once in a generation. Casting the protagonist…that’s something else. Some actors were “born to play” the role of an actual person who once lived; casting Mike Epps as Pryor looks like (and feels like) a “forced fit”.

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