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Published: Feb 28, 2009
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Video: Richard Pryor To Be Played By Eddie Murphy In Biopic
by Mitch Marconi

Comedian Eddie Murphy has landed his dream role - portraying late, great funnyman Richard Pryor in a new biopic.

The Beverly Hills Cop actor has reportedly signed up to star in Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said? - a project being put together by Dreamgirls director and 2009 Oscars producer Bill Condon.

And Murphy, whose early stand-up routines included impersonations of the comedic icon, is allegedly so keen to play his hero he has waived his usual multi-million dollar fee.

Pryor's career highs and lows, including his well-publicised battles with alcohol and drug addiction and his struggle with multiple sclerosis, will feature heavily in the project. The comedian, 65, died after suffering a heart attack in 2005.

He starred in and directed 1986's Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling - a story loosely based on his own life. But Condon's film - with a relatively small budget of $25 million - will be the first Pryor biopic to make it to the big screen.

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