Tracy Morgan in Talks to Play Redd Foxx in Richard Pryor Biopic

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Tracy Morgan is in talks to play Redd Foxx opposite Mike Epps in the Richard Pryor biopic for the Weinstein Co. with Lee Daniels directing.

“Mr. Foxx, I hope I do you justice!” said Morgan in a statement. “It will be an honor to portray an icon.”

Foxx was best known for raunchy comedy “party albums” in the 1950s and 1960s, and starred for six seasons in the sitcom “Sanford and Son” from 1972 to 1977. Pryor broke into the business in the early 1960s and had become the top stand-up comedian in the business by the early 1970s.

Foxx and Pryor both appeared in Eddie Murphy’s 1989 movie “Harlem Nights.”

Other cast in the untitled Pryor project include Kate Hudson as Pryor’s wife, Taraji P. Henson and Murphy as Pryor’s parents and Oprah Winfrey as Pryor’s grandmother who raised him.

Morgan returned to “Saturday Night Live” as host on Oct. 17, more than a year after being seriously injured in a car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. He’s also in New Line comedy “Fist Fight” with Ice Cube and Charlie Day.

Morgan is repped by CAA and Hansen Jacobson.

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  1. I like Tracy Morgan and all, but they should’ve gotten Aries Spears to play Redd Foxx. Watch his stand up. Same cadence, body language, even some facial expressions. Hollywood goes for the bigger star instead of the right Actor…..yet again.

    • Sergei Kisylak's mom says:

      right?? & Oprah doesn’t look a THING like Pryor’s grandmother! what are they THINKING?!

  2. Dorothy curtis says:

    I would like a part I could play, enter roll or Sandford girlfriend,I am a actress, I play Marilyn monroe ,I can play anyone I can send u some of my Marilyn Monroe I was sing to Obama for his birthday.

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