Following a devastating car accident that almost ended his life, comedian and former Saturday Night Live star Tracy Morgan is slowly, but surely, starting to pull his career back together. The actor is now in talks for the upcoming Richard Pryor biopic set up at The Weinstein Company. He will play iconic comedian Redd Foxx.
Lee Daniels, who directed the 2013 blockbuster smash hit The Butler, is taking the helm on Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?. The Wrap reports that talks are currently underway with Tracy Morgan. Though, neither The Weinstein Company nor representatives for Tracy Morgan would comment. It will be Morgan's first starring role in a movie since last year's Top Five, which was written, directed and starred Chris Rock. He can also be heard as the narrator in the upcoming holiday comedy The Night Before.
After a long and arduous casting process, Mike Epps was finally confirmed to be playing Richard Pryor earlier this year. He has been surrounded with a strong supporting cast that includes Eddie Murphy and Taraji P. Henson has Pryor's mom and dad. Kate Hudson is playing the comedian's wife Jennifer. And Oprah Winfrey is playing the Grandmother that raised him while his mother worked at a brothel.
Redd Foxx plays a very important role in the movie. He will be portrayed as the brash comedian he was. Foxx owned a local comedy club, and was responsible for encouraging Pryor to open up about his personal life and tell his true stories on stage. The mentor demanded that the future superstar embrace the culture that surrounded him. Redd Foxx himself would later find superstardom, appearing on his own beloved 1970s sitcom Sanford and Son. He would later appear alongside both Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor in the dramatic period comedy Harlem Nights.
Tracy Morgan most recently signed onto co-star in Fist Fight as a teacher embroiled in an after school fight between two of his co-workers played by Charlie Day and Ice Cube. The actor was seriously injured in an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike in June 2014. A Walmart truck slammed into a limo carrying the comedian and several of his friends. He recently returned to the stage at 30 Rock appearing as host of Saturday Night Live. What do you think? Is this the perfect role to help Tracy Morgan along in his comeback?