Oprah Winfrey is also set to play Pryor’s grandmother in the film.
Speculation about Murphy’s involvement in the Weinstein Company project rose when the director posted a photo of himself with the actor to Instagram, captioning it, “Strap in and brace yourself. They done let me and him out of our cages! #idonteventhinkimreadyforthisone! #excited #proud #OMG.”
Murphy is represented by WME.