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Lee Daniels to Direct Richard Pryor Biopic

The late Richard Pryor is considered by many to be the most influential standup comedian of all time.

The late Richard Pryor is considered by many to be the most influential standup comedian of all time. Not just the funniest black comedian, but the most influential, bar none.   There has been talk of a Pryor biopic for years, but each attempt has been shelved. But that may be about to change. Director Lee Daniels (Lee Daniels’ The Butler) is reportedly in discussions with the Weinstein Company to make it a reality.  Actors Michael B. Williams (Fruitvale Station), Marlon Wayans and Eddie Murphy are each under consideration to star in the film.  Eddie Murphy was the front-runner years ago, but Marlon was considered ideal for the role up until recently. Jordan has since reportedly surpassed them both. However, there are concerns whether the 26-year-old actor has the chops to pull off portraying Pryor, who died in 2005 at 65-years-old.

Starting his career as lead writer for EURweb.com back in 1998, Ricardo A Hazell has served as Senior Contributor with The Shadow League since coming to the company in 2013. His byline has appeared in the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the South China Sea Morning Post, the Root and many other publications. At TSL he is charged with exploring black cultural angles where they intersect with the mainstream.