Forest Whitaker will reportedly direct and produce a long-gestating biopic on legendary comedian Richard Pryor.

Previously, the project was linked to director Bill Condon, whose other work includes Dreamgirls and Twilight(?!).

Though Marlon Wayans was rumored to be playing Pryor, it is unclear if he is still involved in the project.

From Slash Film:

A press release announces that Whitaker will produce the film and oversee development of a new script with help and input from Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Pryor.

There’s no casting to announce at this point, but Deadline makes a good point: that Michael B. Jordan, who stars in the Whitaker-produced Fruitvale, might be a great choice. I would endorse that based on Jordan’s performance in Fruitvale, and also as a rebuff to the idea that has been part of years of attempted Pryor biopics.



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