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Mike Epps jumps ahead of the pack to play Richard Pryor

Nick Cannon’s hints that he nabbed the role of Richard Pryor in his forthcoming biopic may have been premature. Reportedly, the front runner to play the late comedian and actor is now Mike Epps.

According to Deadline, Epps impressed during his audition for the role in the Lee Daniels directed film, placing him at the head of a talented pack of candidates.

Besides Epps, Michael B. Jordan and Marlon Wayans as well as the aforementioned Cannon all auditioned.

Both Epps and Wayans had been tapped to play Pryor in previous attempts to get his biopic made. Epps was reportedly hand-picked by Pryor himself for the role when he was still alive and the Next Friday star was still a relative unknown.

We had Mike Epps on the cover on Spate Magazine