Murphy to play Pryor’s father in biopic…

Eddie Murphy (‘Tower Heist,’ ‘Shrek,’ ‘Dreamgirls’) is reportedly in talks to join the cast of Lee Daniels’ upcoming biopic of legendary comedian and actor Richard Pryor.

Mike Epps (‘The Hangover,’ Jumping the Broom,’ ‘Sparkle’) is attached to play 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.

Variety hears that Murphy would be portraying late comedian’s father, LeRoy “Buck Carter” Pryor, a boxer and WWII veteran. Oprah Winfrey and Kate Hudson are rumoured for supporting roles.

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A biopic based on the Pryor life has been in works for 20 plus years, and at one point had Murphy set to play the late comedian with Bill Condon (‘Dreamgirls’) behind the camera.