Tracy Morgan, continuing his comeback, has his sights set on playing a coveted role in one of next year’s major biopics. The Saturday Night Live alum is currently in negotiations to star as Redd Foxx in the Richard Pryor biopic directed by Lee Daniels, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“Mr. Foxx, I hope I do you justice!" said Morgan in a statement. "It will be an honor to portray an icon.”
The biopic, which stars Mike Epps as Pryor, has some of Hollywood’s heavy hitters already cast alongside Epps. Kate Hudson will be playing his wife Jennifer. Taraji P. Henson and Eddie Murphy are starring as Pryor's parents. And Oprah Winfrey will portray Pryor’s grandmother.
The movie is slated to be released in late 2016.