Eddie Murphy is Richard Pryor

Eddie Murphy set to play Richard Pryor in new biopic

Eddie Murphy has signed on to star as Richard Pryor in a new biopic of the stand-up comedian’s life.

Reports suggest Murphy will take the lead role in the film, currently titled Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?.

Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Kinsey) will serve as both the writer and director on the project.

Pryor, who became famous for his controversial stand-up work in the 1970s and ’80s before going on to star in a number of Hollywood films, died of a heart attack back in 2006