In what has become a highly sought after role, Mike Epps has been cast in Lee Daniels upcoming Richard Pryor biopic. He all but confirmed this via his Twitter account. And apparently, Oprah is involved:

Nick Cannon was long rumored to be the lead for the role, but it was Epps’ past screen test for another Richard Pryor biopic that did the trick:

After blowing away everybody with his audition, actor-comic Mike Epps has emerged as the front-runner to star as Richard Pryor in the biopic that Lee Daniels will direct at The Weinstein Company. Daniels has been in TWC headquarters working with and auditioning a group of young actors that has included Epps, Michael B. Jordan, Marlon Wayans, and Nick Cannon (Deadline, 8/11/14).

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