Rumors of a Richard Pryor biopic have swirled around for years. At various times, Eddie Murphy, Marlon Wayans, and Adam Sandler were all tied to a film about the legendary comedian. Now it looks like Hollywood superstar Forest Whitaker is the next to try to turn the rumors to reality. Whitaker says he’ll be looking to Jennifer Pryor, Richard’s widow, to help produce and write a new script for the biopic. To anyone who loves comedy this is exciting news! Typically I would fill you in on the achievements of the star. Instead I’ll just say this: if there is a comedy round table in heaven for the greatest comics ever; Pryor would be standing on it, showing the other legends how it’s done.
Of course now everyone is wondering who could possibly play Richard Pryor in his own biopic? Although Whitaker is a freak of an actor, even he admits to being too old for the part. Whitaker is looking to have Michael B. Jordan possibly fill the role of the comedic icon. Michael B. Jordan, is a young, on the rise, actor with several big name films already under his belt like Hard Ball, Red Tails, Chronicle, as well as TV with Friday Night Lights and Parenthood. Could be a match made in heaven, we’ll see!
We will keep you updated on any further news regarding this biopic.