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Mike Epps Is Set to Play Richard Pryor In HBO’s L.A. Lakers Drama Series With Three Others Cast

Mike Epps play Richard Pryor in HBO's L.A. Lakers Series.

Mike Epps Finally Play Iconic Richard Pryor in New HBO L.A. Lakers Drama Series

On Monday (June 21), Deadline reported that Epps would be taking on the role of Richard Pryor, albeit for a new series centered around the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s.

For years, there have been rumors roaming around Hollywood about a potential Richard Pryor biopic fell through, Mike Epps will play the Iconic Comedian.

According to Deadline, Mike Epps will have the challenging task of portraying comedy legend Richard Pryor in HBO's upcoming live-action series about the rise of the L.A. Lakers. Directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Adam McKay (The Big Short, Vice), the untitled drama series is based on Jeff Pearlman's book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980's. Max Borenstein wrote the series with McKay's Hyperobject Industries producing.

Last month, Mike Epps appeared on Jeezy "Worth a Conversation" talk show. The comedian discussed portraying legendary funnyman Richard Pryor for more than a decade. Yet, even with fan support, Epps’ dream has yet to be realized.

“I went down a long road with that project man, you know,” Epps said while speaking with rapper Jeezy on “Worth a Conversation.” He added, “It’s been a rollercoaster, man.”

Epps cited back and forth fighting between Pryor’s seven children and his widow Jennifer Lee Pryor as part of the challenges in bringing a biopic to fruition. “Nobody understood that it wasn’t just me doing Richard Pryor; it was walking into an estate that was confused,” he said. Even now, Epps believes Pryor is posthumously pulling the strings on his life story by keeping it from being made with ease.

“He loved for people to fight over him.”


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