Many may remember the plan to have Mike Epps, among others, star in a Richard Pryor biopic. Unfortunately, plans fell through and a film about the legendary comedian never made it to the big screen.
However, Epps has received an opportunity to portray one of his favorite comedians in an upcoming HBO series. Epps took to Instagram earlier this week to reveal his portrayal of Richard Pryor in HBO’s Winning Time. The upcoming series will tell the story of the Los Angeles Lakers’ Showtime era, which featured Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and James Worthy. Mike Epps shared a photo of himself beside John C. Reilly, who will portray late owner Jerry Buss, and talked about his excitement for the role.
“It’s one thing to compete but [it’s] another to be compared!!!!” Epps wrote. “Here I played the long awaited role of the GOAT Richard Pryor in the the @winningtimehbo series it’s never easy to fill the shoes of our greats but [I am] humbled and honored to have gotten this opportunity s/o to my man @therodneybarnes for believing in me check us out March 26th on @hbo #riprichardpryor#adammcay.”