Eddie Murphy is in line to star in a biopic about his comedic hero, Richard Pryor.
According to Variety, Murphy has been cast to play Pryor’s father, LeRoy “Buck Carter,” in the as-yet-untitled film. Mike Epps has already been announced to play the role of the legendary comedian, while Oprah Winfrey and Kate Hudson are in consideration for supporting roles.
Lee Daniels (Precious, The Butler, FOX’s Empire) is directing the Weinstein Co. production. Pryor’s late wife Jennifer also serves as a producer.
A release date has not yet been announced, but the film could arrive as soon as this winter.