• Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor in Harlem Nights (1989), directed by Murphy.
Comedian in talks to play Pryor's father.

16 Mar 2015 - 12:57 PM  UPDATED 16 Mar 2015 - 1:00 PM

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Eddie Murphy is in talks to join the cast of Lee Daniels' untitled Richard Pryor biopic, sources confirm.

He will play the late comedian's father, LeRoy "Buck Carter" Pryor, a boxer and WWII veteran, in the Weinstein Co. drama.

Mike Epps is attached to star as the legendary comedian.

"Harvey (Weinstein) would like it to be released for the Oscars. Because, you know, Harvey is good at that sh-t," said Pryor's wife and producer of the film, Jennifer, in a recent podcast.

Daniels teased the Murphy casting Thursday night on Instagram.

Murphy, who recently appeared in the "SNL" 40th anniversary special, grew up idolising and impersonating Pryor as a comedian in the '70s. He later directed his idol in his poor-performing 1989 gangster comedy/drama "Harlem Nights" (pictured).

"Richard's the one that made me want to do comedy," he has previously said. "When I was little I used to sneak into my basement and put his albums on."

Oprah Winfrey and Kate Hudson are rumored for supporting roles in the Richard Pryor project.

Daniels, who last re-teamed with the Weinstein Co. and Oprah on "The Butler," is riding the success of his hit TV drama "Empire," which Fox just renewed for a second season.

Murphy, repped by WME, can be seen next in the culinary drama "Cook."

"Entertainment Tonight" first reported the news of his casting.


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