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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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Meek Mill, Oprah & More: ‘Game Night’ Cast Reveal Who They’d Want To Play Games With

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If you love a good game night then you’re probably going to love the new comedy-crime flick Game Night hitting theaters Feb. 23.
Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams take fun and games to new heights playing a couple whose competitive gamenight gatherings become the setting of a murder mystery when things take an unexpected turn. Their game night crew consists of two pair of couples played by Lamorne Morris and Kylie Bunberry and Billy Magnussen and Sharon Horgan. The antics are pretty hilarious, and we could totally see ourselves attending a game night with them in real life.
So, we had to ask the cast if they were hosting a Game Night what celebs would they want to invite over. Their answers are heeeeeelarious. Apparently Lamorne Morris is super competitive and thinks he can beat LeBron James at any board game, Kylie Bunberry wants to play with Meek Mill (in jail or not) and Billy Magnussen thinks he can take Oprah down.
Don’t believe us just watch!
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