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10.07.09 42 Comments

(Retard Pig loves this movie)

From the website comes the news that lead role in the upcoming Richard Pryor biopic will be played by none other than Marlon Wayans, who was recently named “the funniest Wayans brother” by Opposite Magazine.

Last February, it appeared as though Eddie Murphy would reunite with his “Dreamgirls” director Bill Condon to [play the lead].  To put it bluntly, things have changed.  Condon is still moving forward with “Richard Pryor,” but Murphy is out and so are potential distributors Paramount Pictures and Fox Searchlight.  Instead, HitFix can confirm that Marlon Wayans has auditioned and is now in negotiations to play the iconic entertainment figure.  Additionally, the film will now be produced by Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison productions at Sony Pictures.

Marlon impressed producers and executives with his dramatic audition featuring two scenes directly from the film.

Oof.  “The story of a legendary comedian, from the people who brought you Paul Blart: Mall Cop, and the star of White Chicks” is not a tagline that inspires confidence.  Anal leakage, maybe, but definitely not confidence.  Then again, you don’t have to be a good comedian to play a good comedian, just a good actor.  Here’s to hoping Marlon Wayans is better in this than he was in… well, everything.

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