Back in October we reported that Marlon Wayans was set to replace Eddie Murphy in the biopic Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said? and now some new details have emerged on the film. The Los Angeles Times recently posted a profile on Wayans, which revealed that the film was set to start shooting this fall. Here's an excerpt from the article.
For Wayans, Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said? (which begins shooting in the fall) is the sound of opportunity. "This is like an invitation to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro for me, and I've never been more excited in my life than when I got the role," he said last week. "I want to be in dramas, I want to produce, I want to write and I want to prove I can handle a role such as this one."
The site also spoke with the film's producer, Mark Gordon, who revealed that Wayans' screen test was, "absolutely marvelous" and secured the role for him, which was originally thought to go to Eddie Murphy.
"Obviously there are a number of requirements to playing Richard Pryor -- you have to be funny, of course, but this role also has so many colors to it that you need to be a strong actor who can handle the dramatic scenes," Gordon said. "There were discussions with Eddie Murphy . . . Eddie Murphy is a great star, and I have no doubt he would be a great Richard Pryor. But Eddie Murphy is Eddie Murphy in the eyes of the audience. Marlon Wayans is a great actor and will be a great Richard Pryor, but he brings less baggage."