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Oprah Winfrey To Play Comedy Legend Richard Pryor’s Brothel-Running Abusive Grandmother In New Biopic

We are getting used to seeing media mogul Oprah Winfrey on the big screens as the 60-year-old media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist has been tapped for a new movie role in a biopic being shot by Lee Daniels.


Richard Pryor Biopic Director Lee Daniels with Oprah & Mike Epps

The highly-anticipated biopic on comedy legend Richard Pryor now has two key players revealed for the movie. Comedian Mike Epps has secured the lead billing, as Pryor desired before his death from a heart attack in 2005, while Oprah has snagged the role of Pryor’s grandmother, Marie Carter.

It will definitely be interesting to see how Oprah will portray this role as Richard Pryor was raised in a house of prostitution run by Marie — a violent madame who abused him, after his mother Gertrude — a prostitute, walked out when he was 10 years old.

No stranger to the screen, Oprah Winfrey and Lee Daniels have previously worked together when she starred in Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013), and when she co-executive produced Precious (2009) alongside Tyler Perry.

The role of Pryor’s widow Jennifer Lee Pryor — who’s also producing the film, has not yet been cast, though Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway are both rumored as frontrunners.


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