Oprah Winfrey confirmed via social media this week that Mike Epps will be playing Richard Pryor in Lee Daniels forthcoming biopic about the late comedian. What the TV mogul failed to mention though were details behind who SHE is playing in the film.
Winfrey is taking on the role of Pryor’s violent grandmother, Marie Carter who beat her grandson while raising him in a whorehouse in Peoria, Illinois. Richard’s widow, Jennifer Pryor tells TMZ that Oprah was eager to get her hands on the script and that she was anxious to land the role. Jennifer says the 60-year-old wanted to show her “gritty side.”
On Monday, Oprah posted a snapshot of herself alongside Epps and director Lee Daniels during their first read session.
As previously reported, the anticipated film has been in the works for years and it looks like the crew is now off and running.