Movies Mike Epps Confirmed to Play Richard Pryor in Lee Daniels' Biopic By Antoinette Bueno 8:55 AM PDT, August 26, 2014 Twitter It's official!Actor Mike Epps, 43, will play the late Richard Pryor in Lee Daniels' highly anticipated biopic on the legendary comedian. Epps beat out big names like Nick Cannon, Michael B. Jordan and Marlon Wayans to land the coveted part.PHOTOS: Stars Take on Real-Life Roles "@theoriginalbigdaddy, @eppsie, and me just finished a great 1st read session. #RichardPryorMovie," Oprah posted on her Instagram, confirming the big news.In addition, Epps tweeted a pic of himself with Pryor's wife, Jennifer Lee Pryor, saying that she gave him her "blessing" to play the part.Had to kiss the ring of @jennferLpryor for the blessing !you got to be stong to have been with the king! pic.twitter.com/OxvbjvPqHc— Mike Epps (@TheRealMikeEpps) August 24, 2014PHOTOS: Role Call -- Who Got Hired in Hollywood? This actually isn't the first time the Next Friday star has played Pryor -- he also played him in the Nina Simone film Nina starring Zoe Saldana.Pryor died from a heart attack in 2005. He was 65 years old.In July, Nick Cannon talked to ET about wanting the role badly.Though things obviously didn't pan out for the America's Got Talent host, watch below.