What is Eddie Murphy doing? The Richard Pryor film (written and directed by Bill Condon of Dreamgirls) seemed to suit him, the first time in a long time that he had an opportunity to do something of real magnitude, but according to Entertainment Weekly he has dropped out after conflicts with the studios and is to be replaced by Marlon Wayans.
Wayans seems like an odd choice for the role, but apparently he aced the screen test:
While Wayans is primarily known for his comedic roles in Wayans Bros.’ movies such as Dance Flick and White Chicks, he received critical acclaim for his dramatic turn in 1999’s Requiem for a Dream. Sources tell EW.com that Wayans fought for the role, blowing the producers away with a 13- min screen test where he “transforms into Pryor.”
Suddenly he has become much funner. Actually, it makes me think of Jamie Foxx’s take on Ray Charles: the way in which he just seemed to transform into a person who is so good-natured on the surface but is darkly tortured beneath. I hope that this project is just as successful.