Reports indicate that actor/comedian Marlon Wayans is in talks to star in the biopic Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said? Last year, rumors went around saying that Eddie Murphy was snagged for the role, but since the production company was switched he is no longer in the running.
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Sources tell EW.com that Wayans fought for the role, blowing the producers away with a 13- min screen test where he “transforms into Pryor.” The movie depicts Pryor’s controversial brand of comedy and his battle with drugs and is currently budgeted at $20 million. Chris Rock, Pryor’s widow Jennifer Lee Pryor and Mark Gordon are also lined up to produce. Producers are still working out the terms of Wayans’ deal, and other major aspects of the overall project have not been finalized. Sony did not respond to requests for comment. [ SOURCE ]
Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Gods and Monsters) is said to be writing and directing the film.