Lee Daniels’ untitled Richard Pryor biopic is beginning to pick up steam. Entertainment Tonight now reports that Eddie Murphy is in talks to play LeRoy “Buck Carter Pryor; a former boxer and Richard Pryor’s father, in the upcoming film.
Previously, Murphy was in talks to play Pryor in an earlier adaptation that was scrapped. Now Mike Epps will take the role of the comedic legend. Many comedians have been set to play Pryor in the past including Marlon Wayans, whose audition tape leaked last month.
On Thursday, the film’s director Lee Daniels posted a photo of himself and Murphy captioned “Strap in and brace yourself. They done let me and him out of our cages! #idonteventhinkimreadyforthisone! #excited #proud #OMG”