Newswire: Lee Daniels confirms Eddie Murphy and Oprah for his Richard Pryor biopic

Lee Daniels’ long-in-the-works biopic of comedian Richard Pryor seems like it’s finally ready to get underway, with The Weinstein Company indicating that it’s about to give the film the green light, and the movie’s long-contested casting finally confirmed. As announced more than a year ago, Survivor’s Remorse star and stand-up comic Mike Epps will play the iconic comedian, who rose from an abusive childhood to international fame and success (also drug-addiction, self-destructive behavior, and numbers contentious relationships with women, but we’ll let Daniels handle those uglier details in due course).

Epps will be joined by some impressive names, including Eddie Murphy, who was once a candidate for the role of Pryor himself, several version of this project ago. Murphy will play the comedian’s father, LeRoy “Buck Carter” Pryor, a role he’s been rumored to be circling for several months. (This, despite occasional protests …

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