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Lee Daniels in talks for Richard Pryor biopic with Eddie Murphy and Michael B. Jordan among contenders for the lead

01.10.2014

Let the onslaught of late comedian biopics continue!

THE BUTLER director Lee Daniels is in talks to take on a biopic of late great comedian Richard Pryor with Eddie Murphy, Marlon Wayans, and Michael B. Jordan in contention to take the lead. The film has been in development for years now, with both Murphy and Wayans in the mix from the start. However, with Jordan emerging as a leading man contender, especially after his work in last year's FRUITVALE STATION, it appears that he is now the frontrunner for the role, although Wayan's seems to be the right age (41) to play both the young and old versions of the famed comedian. Factoring in the ol' movie magic, though, it could be anyone's race.

Pryor is well-known as one of the all-time best stand-up comedians who helped inspire and usher in a new era of the craft. The late comedian also suffered from a number of afflictions and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1986 and suffered a number of heart attacks, as well as a freebasing incident that set him on fire. He died in 2005 of a heart attack, leaving behind a legacy of stand-up, films, and comedy albums. The untitled biopic is still in the early stages, but looks to be ramping up, joining the ranks of other in-development comedian biopics, including the Sam Kinison pic with Josh Gad and the John Belushi pic with Emile Hirsch.

More as this develops.

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Extra Tidbit: Pryor also co-wrote Blazing Saddles with Mel Brooks, but lost out on the lead role as the studio was unwilling to insure him.
Source: THR

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8:20AM on 01/12/2014

Here's an idea: use them all!

Michael B. Jordan as Richard Pryor in his 20's
Marlon Wyans as Richard Pryor in his 30's/40's
Eddie Murphy as Richard Pyror in his 50's/60's
Michael B. Jordan as Richard Pryor in his 20's
Marlon Wyans as Richard Pryor in his 30's/40's
Eddie Murphy as Richard Pyror in his 50's/60's
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11:49AM on 01/13/2014
That definitely won't cost a fortune, and will definitely be worth it. Definitely.
That definitely won't cost a fortune, and will definitely be worth it. Definitely.
8:27PM on 01/16/2014
Why not? Like 'I'm Still Here'!
Why not? Like 'I'm Still Here'!
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9:16PM on 01/10/2014
I just hope Lee Daniels doesn't direct and turn it into his usual award-begging bullshit! Pryor wasn't PG-13 with his stand up or his life so I don't want some bubblegum cotton candy biopic about him.
I just hope Lee Daniels doesn't direct and turn it into his usual award-begging bullshit! Pryor wasn't PG-13 with his stand up or his life so I don't want some bubblegum cotton candy biopic about him.
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7:50PM on 01/10/2014
Wayans, and I really want to see them touch on Superman III in this film.
Wayans, and I really want to see them touch on Superman III in this film.
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6:35PM on 01/10/2014
i was just thinking the other day of watching the Richard Pryor movie Moving. Now I'm gonna go watch it.
i was just thinking the other day of watching the Richard Pryor movie Moving. Now I'm gonna go watch it.
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10:57AM on 01/11/2014
I was just thinking of taking a shit after reading this Now I'm going to go do that
I was just thinking of taking a shit after reading this Now I'm going to go do that
6:33PM on 01/10/2014
I think Marlon would be an interesting choice, and he is a good actor when he's not doing those stupid Scary Movies! It would also be cool to see Eddie get this. I think he would also be good, and it would be cool to see him in something edgy again.
I think Marlon would be an interesting choice, and he is a good actor when he's not doing those stupid Scary Movies! It would also be cool to see Eddie get this. I think he would also be good, and it would be cool to see him in something edgy again.
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4:18PM on 01/10/2014
Clearly Idris Elba would be the best candidate.

But all joking aside, I am king of tired of Jordan being the front runner for every new role that comes up. I pray he doesn't get to play Human Torch in the Fantastic Four reboot.
Clearly Idris Elba would be the best candidate.

But all joking aside, I am king of tired of Jordan being the front runner for every new role that comes up. I pray he doesn't get to play Human Torch in the Fantastic Four reboot.
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3:56PM on 01/10/2014

MIchael B. Jordan or Marlon

I would say no to Eddie Murphy. Only because Eddie Murphy is already a legendary comedian. To have him play Pryor is like Michael Jordan to play Magic Johnson in a bio pic of Magic. Each are classic comedians. Give it to a rising young actor. I could see Marlon doing it though. But I would like to see Jordan take a crack at it.
I would say no to Eddie Murphy. Only because Eddie Murphy is already a legendary comedian. To have him play Pryor is like Michael Jordan to play Magic Johnson in a bio pic of Magic. Each are classic comedians. Give it to a rising young actor. I could see Marlon doing it though. But I would like to see Jordan take a crack at it.
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3:21PM on 01/10/2014
Marlon Wayans all the way. I know he would knock it out of the park.
Marlon Wayans all the way. I know he would knock it out of the park.
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2:55PM on 01/10/2014
I thought Marlon was cast in this role years ago [link]
I thought Marlon was cast in this role years ago [link]
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3:14PM on 01/10/2014
Yeah, that's exactly what I thought when I read the headline. I was even under the impression that they had started filming at some point. Regardless, given the dead-on impression Murphy did, and his relationship with him, I wouldn't be against Murphy playing an older Pryor, and one of the other two playing him when he's younger.
Yeah, that's exactly what I thought when I read the headline. I was even under the impression that they had started filming at some point. Regardless, given the dead-on impression Murphy did, and his relationship with him, I wouldn't be against Murphy playing an older Pryor, and one of the other two playing him when he's younger.
2:43PM on 01/10/2014
I think Murphy would be the best candidate considering he was friends with Pryor, and would have the best knowledge of portraying him properly. Plus, it would be a chance for Murphy to go back to his early roots.
I think Murphy would be the best candidate considering he was friends with Pryor, and would have the best knowledge of portraying him properly. Plus, it would be a chance for Murphy to go back to his early roots.
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2:27PM on 01/10/2014

Michael B. Jordan = Yes

Eddie Murphy = no

Marlan Wayans = hell NO!
Eddie Murphy = no

Marlan Wayans = hell NO!
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