According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tracy Morgan is in negotiations to play Redd Foxx in the Richard Pryor biopic that is set to be directed by Lee Daniels. The 30 Rock actor will play the brash comedian that owned a local comedy club and gave Pryor his start by using him as his opening act. Foxx would go on to star in the hit TV sitcom, Sanford and Son.
“Mr. Foxx, I hope I do you justice!" said Morgan in a statement. "It will be an honor to portray an icon.” Mike Epps is already set to play Pryor in the Weinstein Co. project, with Kate Hudson playing his wife, Jennifer. Taraji P. Henson and fellow SNL alum Eddie Murphy are starring as Pryor's parents.
Oprah Winfrey, who has previously worked with Daniels in The Butler, will star as Pryor's grandmother who raised him. Morgan just returned to the Saturday Night Live stage as a host after being seriously injured in June 2014 in a car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. Morgan's last feature film role was in the Chris Rock dramedy Top Five. The actor will be featured in a supporting role in the upcoming New Line comedy Fist Fight that stars Ice Cube and Charlie Day, and has plans to launch a stand-up tour in February.