“The upcoming Richard Pryor biopic has been in development for a very long time, but now is finally starting to really get its wheels in motion. Having found its lead actor more than a year ago, the project is getting around to building its ensemble, and this weekend has begun stacking its lineup with big names.
Deadline says that the Weinstein Company is just about ready to grant the greenlight to the untitled Richard Pryor biopic, and director Lee Daniels is doing what he can casting-wise to convince the studio its the right call. If all goes according to plan, production will start up next year, and it looks like it will move forward with a lot of big names attached.
To start off with the actor assigned the role of Richard Pryor himself, the project has MIke Epps set to perform as the legendary comedian. Given the actor’s background, we can likely expect Epps to hit the real funny notes that the film will surely deliver, but will be intriguing to see is how he winds up approaching the darker and more dramatic elements of Pryor’s life and character. There are many great comedians in cinematic history who have put on brilliant serious performances, and Epps has an opportunity here to join their ranks.
Next up we have one of the newest additions to the cast of the Richard Pryor film, though she has actually been attached to the project in a producer capacity for quite a while now. After taking on a key role in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, the director has gotten Oprah Winfrey to play Richard Pryor’s grandmother. What makes the role a bit special is the fact that the woman Winfrey will be portraying was the operator of a brothel, and it was there that she wound up raising the would-be comedian…”