Oprah Winfrey and Eddie Murphy may just be the new dynamic duo! The Weinstein company shared a Richard Pryor biopic, and the cast Harry Weinstein and Lee Daniels put together may just be a great one.
New addition, Oprah Winfrey will play Pryor’s grandmother, and Eddie Murphy, will play Pryor’s father, Leroy “Buck Carter” Pryor. And when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Kate Hudson is set to play Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor!
Mike Epps is now officially playing Pryor, a role that is usually desired but a lot of actors. Lee Daniels, who worked with Weinstein and Winfrey, will start production in March, after the second season of his hit Fox series, Empire.
Bruce Cohen and Jennifer Lee Pryor are deeply involved in the process as producers, and the script is by Bill Condon and Daniels’ Empire collaborator, Danny Strong.
Winfrey’s last two roles were The Butler and Selma, and it’s unexpected that she will play the brothel owner Marie Carter. Regardless, the involvement of Winfrey and Murphy will be a great touch.
In 2014 it was revealed that Epps was a likely choice after a killer audition, one that was done for Daniels, which he was competing against Michael B. Jordan, Marlon Wayans and Nick Cannon.
Epps was completely humbled by this whole long process. “I met Richard and felt like I was in Oz the whole time,” Epps said of his first go-around with this movie. “It’s hard to describe what he means to me or any standup comic. You could say he’s paid the dues for everything we do up there.”
When Epps met Pryor, he was in a wheelchair from multiple sclerosis, and died shortly after.
Jennifer Lee Pryor stayed strong as the film for close several times. This cast is really going to bring her late husband’s story to the screen. And that is what is so incredible.