Eddie Murphy To Star As Richard Pryor’s Father?

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It’s been a while since we could say we’re interested in what Eddie Murphy has been doing film wise but are things about to change as he’s to stars as Richard Pryor‘s Father in new Lee Daniel‘s film?

Rarely outside his Shrek role has there been much interest in his work but with involvement in Richard Pryor Biopic things maybe about to change. According to Entertainment Tonight they are reporting he will play Leroy ‘Buck Carter’ Pryor a war veteran turn hustler running the local nightclub in the area they lived.  The report also states Kate Hudson is possibly set to play Jennifer Lee Pryor who was the late actor comedian’s fourth wife  who happens to be one of the producers alongside Oprah Winfrey.

As for the lead role of Richard goes to Omar Epps who has been connected to the role for a long time due to the film project slumped in development hell. Walter Hill, Bill Condon where some of the original directors connected to this project but now it seems The Butler director will lead the film into production from that hell.

Eddie Murphy is no stranger to non comedic roles as he played an supporting role in the 2006 film Dream Girls which saw him been nominated for best supporting role. In Murphy’s first directorial role he directed and starred in the 1989 Harlem Nights alongside Richard Pryor and with similarities to Eddie Murphy‘s early days to Pryor he may just be best man for the job.

No word on exactly when this movie will be made but as it’s a Weinstein production expect things to move quickly as we’re sure Harvey will see this film as potential Oscar Bait.