The Weinstein Company is ready to greenlight its Richard Pryor biopic, and my, have Harvey Weinstein and Lee Daniels put together a terrific cast. The new additions: Oprah Winfrey will play Pryor’s grandmother, who ran a brothel and raised the iconic comic there; Eddie Murphy will play Pryor’s father, Leroy “Buck Carter” Pryor. Kate Hudson is set to play Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor. And Mike Epps is now locked in to play Pryor, a role coveted by a lot of actors. Daniels, who worked with Weinstein and Winfrey on the blockbuster Lee Daniels’ The Butler, will start production in March, after wrapping up the second season of his hit Fox series Empire.
I’ve noticed over the years that Oprah is very selective when it comes to roles that she plays. For some reason I cannot imagine the mother of all things media playing a madame but I know I can’t wait for the biopic to be released! The story of Richard Pryor is one I believe you have to see to believe and I cannot wait to see how they tell his story.
Written By: Monique C. Tillman