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Richard Pryor's Widow

Terrence Howard Should Play Richard Pryor

7/5/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Richard Pryor's widow says Nick Cannon has NOT been cast to play the legendary comedian in a movie ... but she knows who SHOULD get the role -- Terrence Howard.

Jennifer Pryor -- who has some say over the decision -- tells TMZ Cannon jumped the gun when he hinted to us he had the part ... because the film's director, Lee Daniels, is still auditioning.

Pryor says it's an easy call  ... she says Howard is perfect ... an intense, brilliant actor who has the chops for acting and comedy.  But she'd insist on him losing some lbs.

According to Jennifer ... several other big names are also being tossed around -- Marlon Wayans, Jay Pharoah and Mike Epps.

Richard's kids are lobbying for Wayans. They've never seen eye-to-eye with Jennifer -- who was married to Richard twice. They've accused her of turning the film into a vanity project.  

Jennifer says she loved Pryor immensely ... and  if his kids can't understand that ... tough. 

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tmz001    

Terrance howard is too old to play richard pryor

48 days ago
2.

Dee    

Terrance Howard??? Does she free-base much??? That fool can't find his way out of a paper bag. And he sounds like he's always on the verge of crying. I'd rather see Wayans or Pharoah get it, if that's the only choice

48 days ago
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Bridget    

Terrance may have the acting chops for the part. But he looks nothing what so ever like Richard. At least Marlon and Nick have the long faces.

48 days ago
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flygrlz    

She is high

48 days ago
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Clytemnestra    

What about CHRIS ROCK?

48 days ago
6.

bart    

Howard is a horrible actor. He got fired from Ironman because he was so bad. That was the first movie I saw him act in and when I watched the movie I said to my friend that Howard's character was played very badly. I noticed it when early on. I don't think Richard Pryor's wife knows how to cast. Cannon looks more like Pryor but I don't think he is ready for a serious role like that. Hopefully the producers can find a new and exciting talent instead of the lower quality of actors that were mentioned.

48 days ago
7.

cee-lo    

All this bs make u not even wanna watc the movie no matter who they cast

48 days ago
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big teaser    

Let richard pryor rest.all yall want is money.

48 days ago
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Observer    

Out of any of 'those' picks at least... I be Marlon would surprise and do a Damn good job.

48 days ago
10.

Archer    

Out of all the choices mentioned thus far, Jay Pharaoh seems like the best choice. He's hilarious and his imitations are spot on. No one takes Nick Carey seriously.

48 days ago
11.

Zombie Whitney Houston    

Terrence Howard is too busy beating pretty much every woman he comes into contact with. He's an even bigger piece of s*** than Chris Brown.

48 days ago
12.

Hyper valency    

I think marlon wayans would be the best one for the role. He would be perfect in portraying pryors inner demons. That is the major point of Pryors life to be portrayed and i bet marlon can earn an Oscar nomination for the role!!!

48 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

I'm glad to hear that Mike Epps is in the running. I love him for the part. I hope he gets it.

47 days ago
14.

DrTyrell    

No poll? Are you kidding? Terrence SHOULD!

47 days ago
15.

Maxwell    

What happened to Mike Epps playing the part?

47 days ago
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