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Confirmed! Mike Epps Playing Richard Pryor In Forthcoming Biopic



Congratulations Mike Epps. It’s official, the comedian will play the late Richard Pryor in Lee Daniel’s forthcoming untitled biopic. Oprah Winfrey confirmed the news via Instagram this week, writing:

@theoriginalbigdaddy , @eppsie , and me just finished a great 1st read session. #RichardPryorMovie.”

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Epps, who beat out Nick Cannon, Michael B. Jordan and Marlon Wayans for the role, also took to social media to confirm the news. The actor posted a snapshot of himself holding the hand of Pryor’s wife, Jennifer Lee who Epps says gave him the blessing to play the coveted spot.

“Had to kiss the ring of @jennferLpryor for the blessing !you got to be stong to have been with the kin.”

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And Mike might have been victorious over the other actors in nabbing the role, but it was Epps who Richard actually wanted to portray his life on screen. “I sat with Richard Pryor about a year ago and he picked me to do it [if a biopic happens],” Mike told HipHollywood back in October 2009. “I guess if Richard, in his spirit, allow me to do it, I’ll be doing the project.”

This won’t be the first time Epps will play the star who died of a heart attack in 2005. The 43-year-old played him in the Nina Simone biopic, starring Zoe Saldana.

The film will chronicle Pryor’s rise to fame and his personal life, including drug use. In 1980, he set himself on fire while freebasing cocaine and suffered severe burns.

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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves



To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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