Sunday, 29 March 2015

Eddie Murphy set for Lee Daniels' Richard Pryor film

Eddie Murphy isn't particularly known for loading up his schedule with too many films, but he has been gearing up his post Shrek (2001) career in recent years. News arrives via Variety that he is now attached to Lee Daniels' (The Paperboy) Richard Pryor biopic – but not as the comedian himself. Instead, he will play LeRoy 'Buck Carter' Pryor.

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Mike Epps (The Hangover) is still attached to play Pryor himself, with Murphy as his war veteran boxer dad. This is just the latest attempt to turn Pryor's life into a film, with actors and directors hovering over the idea for years. Bill Condon (The Fifth Estate) was developing something with Murphy in mind to star, but that has since been superseded by a project spawned by Pryor himself before his death, choosing Epps to play him and hiring Walter Hill (48 Hrs.) to direct.

The project has been through the development wringer since then, but now The Butler's (2013) Daniels is on board to direct, with Oprah Winfrey (Selma) and Kate Hudson (Bride Wars) rumoured to be taking roles. There is no word on when this one will be shooting, but with casting falling into place, we would imagine pretty soon, especially if producer Harvey Weinstein wants it ready as a potential awards contender. As for Murphy, he will next be seen in Bruce Beresford's (Evelyn) Cook.

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