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Casting Net: Mike Epps may play Richard Pryor in Lee Daniels' biopic

• It looks like Mike Epps may finally get the chance to play legendary stand-up comedian Richard Pryor after all. The comic has emerged as the front-runner to play the part in a biopic for The Weinstein Company directed by Lee Daniels (The Butler). Epps was previously signed on to play Pryor back in 2005 and met with the late comedian while he was still alive to prepare for the role, but that project fell through. Epps reportedly beat out actors Michael B. Jordan, Nick Cannon, and Marlon Wayans after Wayans had also been previously attached to another Pryor film, this one directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) at Sony. Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway are among the names in consideration to play Jennifer Lee Pryor, Richard’s widow, in the film. [Deadline]

• Tom Hiddleston is in early talks to take on the title role in the epic remake of Ben-Hur. The Thor star would play Judah Ben-Hur, the part originated by Charlton Heston in the 1959 original, in the film directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) set for a Feb. 26, 2016 release. Oscar-winner John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) has written the latest draft of the script, once again based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Jack Nicholson may reunite with Tom Cruise for a comedy; Plus, James Brown biopic casts its Mick Jagger, more

• Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman are reportedly courting Jack Nicholson for the Warner Bros. comedy El Presidente, about a by-the-books secret service agent assigned to protect “America’s worst former President” who boozes and womanizes with abandon. Nicholson would play the part of the President, a VP who assumed the Commander-in-Chief’s job after the President died. According to the report, the project has been in development since 2010 — originally with Jay Roach in the director’s chair. Nicholson and Cruise appeared together previously in 1992’s A Few Good Men, which earned Nicholson a Best Supporting Actor nomination. The three-time Oscar winner has not appeared in a movie since 2010’s How Do You Know. [THR]


Casting Net: Christoph Waltz will play Gorbachev to Michael Douglas's Reagan. Plus: Jim Carrey, Mike Epps, Jai Courtney

Jim Carrey is in talks to headline Loomis Fargo, a comedy about the real-life robbery of $17.3 million from a Loomis Fargo armed truck. Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) will direct, with Lorne Michaels and John Goldwyn (MacGruber, Baby Mama) producing. [TheWrap, Variety]

• Actor-comedian Mike Epps will play comedian Richard Pryor in Nina, writer-director Cynthia Mort‘s biopic about famed soul singer Nina Simone (Zoe Saldana). Pryor often opened for Simone when the two were coming up together in the 1960s. [THR]

• Jai Courtney, who will play Bruce Willis’ son in next year’s A Good Day to Die Hard, will star with Joel Edgerton and Tom Wilkinson in the drama Felony, about a police officer (Edgerton) who lies after running a cyclist off the road, killing him. Courtney will be the detective who realizes the cop’s story doesn’t hold water. Edgerton also penned the script, which will be directed by Matthew Seville (Noise). [Deadline]

• Hip-hop star Scott Mescudi (a.k.a. Kid Cudi) has joined the cast of the romantic comedy Two Night Stand, about a couple who hook up after meeting online (Crazy, Stupid, Love‘s Analeigh Tipton and Project X‘s Miles Teller), and find themselves stuck together after they get snowed in from a blizzard. Mescudi will appear as the boyfriend of Tipton’s roommate (Gossip Girl‘s Jessica Szohr). First-time feature director Max Nichols is helming from a script by Mark Hammer, a writer on MTV’s short-lived series Skins. [THR]

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