Actor-comic Mike Epps has emerged as the front-runner to star as Richard Pryor in Lee Daniels’ upcoming biopic about the comedian at The Weinstein Company.
Daniels reportedly auditioned the likes of Epps, Michael B. Jordan, Marlon Wayans, and Nick Cannon for the role. Both Epps and Wayans were previously set to play Pryor in previous incarnations of the film that didn’t take off.
No final decision had been reached but Epps reportedly delivered a smashing audition which has put him in front-runner position, however Wayans is not out of the running.
Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway are being floated about as potential actresses to play Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor.