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Oprah Winfrey to play Richard Pryor’s grandmother in biopic

IN ACTION: Director Lee Daniels poses with Oprah Winfrey and Mike Epps, who will take on the role of late comedian Richard Pryor, at a reading session

OPRAH WINFREY will play the grandmother of legendary comedian Richard Pryor in an upcoming biopic, she has revealed.

The 60-year-old talkshow host will take on the role of Marie Carter who was known to beat her grandson while raising him at her brothel in Peoria, Illinois.

Pryor's mother Gertrude was a prostitute in his grandmother's brothel and she abandoned Pryor when he was age 10.

Winfrey shared an Instagram snap on Sunday showing herself with director Lee Daniels and actor Mike Epps, 43, who will portray the late comedian.

“@theoriginalbigdaddy , @eppsie , and me just finished a great 1st read session. #RichardPryorMovie,” Oprah wrote in the caption for her more than three million followers on Instagram.


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Daniels, who directed the Oscar-nominated actress in Hollywood blockbuster The Butler, also posted a similar Instagram image on Sunday with the caption: “And we're off... Get ready y'all for #richardpryor”

Epps beat out Nick Cannon, Marlon Wayans and Michael B. Jordan to play Pryor in the highly anticipated biopic.

There has been no word yet on who will portray the comedian's widow Jennifer, who is also producing the film and owns all the rights to her late husband's material and recordings.

Casting rumours have mentioned Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway as frontrunners for the role, according to an article by Entertainment Tonight.

Pryor was a comedy legend known for his profanity-laced stand-up routines, his Grammy-winning comedy albums and also for his 1970s movies including Silver Streak and Car Wash.

He suffered a heart attack and died on December 10, 2005.

The comedian had suffered from multiple sclerosis for many years prior to his death.

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