Although it looked like Nick Cannon had snagged the role of iconic Richard Pryor in the upcominc biopic about the late, ground-breaking comedian, it seems veteran comedian Mike Epps has officially been cast. Both Oprah Winfrey and director Lee Daniels have confirmed Epps as the lead. Check out the tweets from Lee Daniels and Oprah Winfrey below.
— lee daniels (@leedanielsent) August 24, 2014
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) August 24, 2014
The news comes after many years of false starts on a Richard Pryor movie. In addition to Nick Cannon, reported possible leads over the years included Marlon Wayans, Eddie Murphy and newcomer Michael B. Jordan.