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After reportedly being in development for years, director Lee Daniels (The Butler) and media maven Oprah Winfrey have joined forces to finally bring a Richard Pryor biopic to the silver screen; and have confirmed that Mike Epps will portray the legendary comedian in a role already being considered as a potential game changer for Epps.

Daniels made his first public announcement of the decision earlier this week, posting a picture of Epps, Winfrey and himself with a caption that read “Get ready ya’ll- #MikeEpps as #RichardPryor.”

Though numerous actors have previously been attached to the project, including Eddie Murphy and Marlon Wayans, Epps holds the distinction of being handpicked by Pryor himself in 2005 shortly before his death.

Also on board is Jennifer Pryor, who has given her blessing for the portrayal of her late husband. Epps went on to post a picture of the duo on Twitter with a caption that read “Had to kiss the ring of @jennferLpryor for the blessing! You got to be strong to have been with the king!”

Primarily known for his comedic turns in The Hangover, All About the Benjamins and of course as Day-Day in hood classics Next Friday and Friday After Next, fans were given a glimpse into his dramatic side during his portrayal as an abusive husband in Sparkle, giving many hope that he has the acting chops to pull off a complex figure like Pryor.

Just on the cusp between urban and mainstream fame, if he can indeed pull it off Epps stands to be catapulted to a new career high, as a Pryor film is as anticipated as it is controversial. Brash and unapologetic, to be fair Epps is likely the only current candidate that could possibly handle the task; as realistic contenders such Wayans and Nick Cannon both lack the grit needed to tackle the brilliant yet troubled legend.

Though Pryor himself starred in Jo Jo Dancer, a semi-autobiographical film loosely (or perhaps not too loosely) based on his own life, this film will be the first major film production of the comedic icon.

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