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Confirmed! Mike Epps Playing Richard Pryor In Forthcoming Biopic

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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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Review: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is Bigger & Better Than The First

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If you liked Kingsman:The Secret Service, get ready for The Golden Circle. Hands downs this Kingsman is bigger, badder and better than the first.

Director Matthew Vaughn really takes it up a notch and gives fans much more action and fight sequences. Right off the top we see Eggsy (Taron Egerton) in this amazing car chase scene that will have you applauding as soon as the Prince track ends.

And while we’re talking music the film has an amazing sound track. And if you didnt know, Elton John is also in the film acting and singing some of his classic tunes.

What I also loved were the new editions.  Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal who play the Statesmen – the American version of the Kingsman –  and the dynamic between the two is pretty comical. Vaughn really explores the difference between the two cultures – mannered men in suits versus macho men in jeans and cowboy boots.

Then there’s Julianne Moore who plays the villain, she’s like this maniacal Martha Stewart esque drug lord and she’s quite good at it.

Now there are some obnoxious moments (like that sex scene between Egerton and Poppy Delevigne).  But I think that’s the point. This franchise is all about turning the spy genre on it’s head and introducing the younger generation to a new type of Bond flick … And we think they are going to love it.

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