Many actors jumped at the opportunity to play the late legendary comedian Richard Pryor in his upcoming biopic. Michael B. Jordan, who starred in Fruitvale Station, Nick Cannon and Mike Epps all tried out for the role but Epps ended up getting the call back.
In 2010, Marlon Wayans was tapped to play Pryor in a biopic that Chris Rock was going to produce. Now, an audition tape of Wayans has been released but it’s unsure of whether this clip is from 2010 or from his most recent audition. According to IndieWire, the film’s director Lee Daniels and his producers were just as captivated by Wayans’ performance as they were by Epps’. Shooting is slated to begin in March.
Watch Wayans’ audition tape below.