Comedian Marlon Wayans is in discussions to portray Richard Pryor in an upcoming biopic about the legendary stand-up. Eddie Murphy, who was previously linked to the project, has reportedly dropped out.
News outlets have confirmed that Wayans wowed director Bill Condon with a thirteen-minute screentest, during which he “transforms into Pryor”. Though Wayans is best-known for his comedic roles in films like Scary Movie and White Chicks, he did earn critical praise for his dramatic performance in Requiem for a Dream.
The film, entitled Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?, will be produced by Pryor’s widow Jennifer Lee Pryor and Chris Rock. It is set to begin filming next spring.
What do you think of the choice of Marlon Wayans as Richard Pryor? Who would be the best choice to star in a biopic about George Carlin? Rodney Dangerfield? Discuss.