We just discovered that the much talked about Richard Pryor biopic is set to start filming this fall. As we reported several months ago, the lead role of Pryor will be played by comedic actor Marlon Wayans.
As many of you probably know by now, comedian Mike Epps was originally cast in the title role while Pryor was still alive, but the role eventually went to Eddie Murphy when Director Bill Condon discovered that Murphy was interested in the part.
After creative difference between Murphy and the film’s producer’s, Murphy bowed out of the film and then cast Marlon Wayans in the title role after what is believed to be one of the hottest auditions Hollywood has seen in awhile. As a matter of fact, according to many published reports, Wayans did so well during that audition, that currently the talk in Hollywood is he will “make Richard Pryor proud of his performance.”
The film titled Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said? will start shooting in the fall with a projected released date of early next spring. As of this writing, no other parts have been cast in this film.
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