EW.com exclusively learned that Marlon Wayans is in talks to play Richard Pryor in a biopic called Richard Pryor: Is it Something I Said. The film is being is being produced by Happy Madison Productions, Adam Sandler’s production company, and Sony Pictures. Dreamgirls director Bill Condon wrote the project and will direct the film. Condon would’ve reunited with Eddie Murphy (he starred in Dreamgirls), who was going to play Pryor originally, but dropped out due to conflicts with the studio originally financing the film.
In case you don’t know which Wayans brother Marlon is, he recently starred in the 2009 blockbuster G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra. Naturally, people have their doubts and reservations about whether or not Marlon will be able to pull off the role. I’m remaining a bit more optimistic. According to EW.com’s report, Marlon impressed producers in a 13 minute screen test in which he “transforms in to Pryor.” Marlon also recieved critiacal accalim for his performance in 1999’s drama, Requiem for a Dream. The movie will depict Pryor’s drug battle and controversial comedy style. Chris Rock and Jennifer Lee Pryor, Pryor’s widow, will also produce the movie.