Eddie Murphy is in talks to join the Richard Pryor biopic that Lee Daniels is directing for The Weinstein Co., The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Mike Epps is starring as the comedian who pushed the boundaries of race and mined his own gritty experiences, becoming one of the most influential acts of all time.
Pryor was raised by his grandmother, a hard woman who ran a brothel, and by his father, an alcoholic who beat him on the days his grandmother didn’t. Stories of both were frequently told as part of his routine.
Murphy will play the father, LeRoy Pryor.
Entertainment Tonight first reported the casting news. ET also reported that Kate Hudson was joining the production. Hudson’s representatives and TWC reps did not comment.
According to ET, Hudson would play Jennifer Lee Pryor, who was Pryor’s fourth wife (they married in 1981 and divorced in 1982) as well as his seventh; they remarried in 2001. Jennifer Lee Pryor is a producer on the movie along with Bruce Cohen.