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Eddie Murphy Joins Cast of Upcoming Richard Pryor Biopic

Eddie Murphy is in talks to join the cast of the upcoming Richard Pryor Biopic.

According to reports, Eddie Murphy will team up with Lee Daniels’ untitled Richard Pryor biopic. He will play the late comedian’s father, LeRoy “Buck Carter” Pryor, a boxer and World War II veteran.

Mike Epps is also attached to star as Richard Pryor in the upcoming feature film.

“Harvey (Weinstein) would like it to be released for the Oscars. Because, you know, Harvey is good at that sh-t,” said Pryor’s wife and producer of the film, Jennifer, in a recent podcast.

Daniels hinted Eddie Murphy was going to join the cast earlier this week on Instagram by posting this:

Strap in and brace yourself. They done let me and him out of our cages! #idonteventhinkimreadyforthisone! #excited #proud #OMG

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Eddie Murphy revealed in an interview that he grew up watching and idolizing Richard Pryor. “Richard’s the one that made me want to do comedy,” he has previously said. “When I was little I used to sneak into my basement and put his albums on.”

Kate Hudson and Oprah Winfrey are also rumored for supporting roles in the Richard Pryor production.

Lee Daniels is on fire. His new TV drama “Empire”, which was renewed for a second season, is on track to become the most watched television show.

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