Congratulations to Mike Epps, who has landed the role of Richard Pryor in that upcoming bio-pic of the comic legend.

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Director Lee Daniels announced the news on Instagram, where he posted a picture of himself, Epps and Oprah Winfrey with the caption, "And we're off. Get ready y'all for #richardpryor @eppsie @oprah." 

The news is a setback for Nick Cannon, who has been openly campaigning for the role.