Tracy Morgan is no big dummy.
The funnyman is taking on the role of comedian Redd Foxx in the forthcoming Lee Daniels-directed Richard Pryor biopic.
“Mr. Foxx, I hope I do you justice!” Morgan said in a statement. “It will be an honor to portray an icon.”
Foxx is best known for his portrayal of curmudgeon Fred Sanford in the 1970s sitcom “Sanford & Son.” Pryor and Foxx collaborated on the split 1970s comedy LP “Pryor Goes Foxx Hunting” and shared the big screen together in Eddie Murphy’s 1989 comedy “Harlem Nights.”
Foxx died two years later after suffering a heart attack. He was aged 68.
Mike Epps will portray Pryor and Kate Hudson will star as his fourth wife Jennifer Lee, who divorced him after one year of marriage. Oprah Winfrey will take on the role of Pryor’s grandmother, a brothel owner who raised him after he was abandoned by his prostitute mother, played by Taraji P. Henson, and Eddie Murphy as his alcoholic father.
It is the second big project that Morgan has been attached to this year after being cast in the comedy Ice Cube and Charlie Day comedy “Fist Fight” in September. The return to acting comes after he was critically injured in June 2014 when a Walmart semi struck his limousine in New Jersey. Comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, a friend, died in the crash. Morgan received an undisclosed settlement.
Below, a clip of Foxx and Pryor in “Harlem Nights.” (Video contains explicit language)