Tracy Morgan has already experienced a remarkable return to the comedic stage after his nearly life-ending car accident, but now the comic-turned-actor is being courted to play legendary comedian and TV star, Redd Foxx, opposite Mike Epps in the Richard Pryor biopic.


Mr. Foxx, I hope I do you justice!” said Morgan in a statement. “It will be an honor to portray an icon.”


Foxx is best known for his character, Fred G. Sanford, the lead in the iconic sitcom “Sanford and Son“, for six seasons, from 1972 to 1977, and his raunchy comedy “party albums” in the 1950s and 1960s. Pryor is known for breaking into the entertainment business in the early 1960s becoming one of the top stand-up comedian by the early 1970s.

Foxx and Pryor both appeared in Eddie Murphy’s 1989 movie “Harlem Nights.”

Other cast in the yet titled Pryor project include Kate Hudson as Pryor’s wife, Taraji P. Henson and Eddie Murphy as Pryor’s parents and Oprah Winfrey as Pryor’s grandmother who raised him. Lee Daniels is on board as the film’s Director.

Morgan returned to “Saturday Night Live” as host on Oct. 17, more than a year after being seriously injured in a car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. He’s also in New Line comedy “Fist Fight” with Ice Cube and Charlie Day.

Morgan is repped by CAA and Hansen Jacobson.

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