We first heard whispers of Mike Epps playing Richard Pryor years ago, then there was talks of Marlon Wayans taking the roll, then Nick Cannon. NOW, Mike Epps has officially been confirmed as the lead in the upcoming biopic for the legendary comedic star. The actor/comedian reportedly had an audition so impressive, that the decision was a no brainer. The film’s director Lee Daniels posted the above photo, captioned:

“And we’re off… Get ready y’all for #richardpryor @eppsie @oprah”

Pryor’s widow Jennifer Pryor is producing the film, and as you can see, Oprah is also involved to some degree. But didn’t Nick Cannon reportedly pick up the habit of smoking cigs cause he thought this role was his? Cold world.