Looks like we have finally get confirmation on who will play Richard Pryor in the Lee Daniel’s directed biopic. Earlier today Oprah shared via Instagram of the movies 1st table read, which Epps proudly stood in excitement. Her caption read,”@LeeDanielsent, @TheRealMikeEpps, and me just finished a great 1st read session. #RichardPryorMovie.” The news comes several weeks after Mike Epps reported successful audition. Lee Daniels even chimed in on his Twitter account to confirm Epps involvement.
The expected film is to also include Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Pryor who will produce the film.According to Mike Flemming at Deadline, The Pryor family saw Epps as thier favorite candidate, which he shared in an earlier report in August; When I revealed that the Pryors had chosen him, Epps was completely humbled by the experience. “I met Richard and felt like I was in Oz the whole time,” Epps said. “It’s hard to describe what he means to me or any stand-up comic. You could say he’s paid the dues for everything we do up there.” The Pryors had been through previous incarnations of the film, one of which was to star Damon Wayans, the brother of Marlon. They went with Epps because they wanted an actor who hadn’t yet been stamped as a big star.
For Oprah and Daniel’s this should bring in a big draw after their critically acclaimed success with the 2009 film Precious, and The Butler in 2013. As far as Epps the upcoming role will be another addition to a series of dramatic roles in recent years including Sparkle, and the thriller Repentance. He later thanked fans online as new began to spread. Get your popcorn ready!