Could Nick Cannon play Richard Pryor?

Could Nick Cannon play Richard Pryor?

NICK CANNON:Can he pull off Richard Pryor? Photo: Associated Press

Nick Cannon has sparked rumors he is to portray comedy icon Richard Pryor in a new project after dropping a number of hints on

The rapper/actor shared a picture of Pryor online on Friday with the caption, “I’m feeling his spirit. I hope y’all (sic) ready for the next level in my career. #GameChanger #Pryor (sic).”

After showing off a retro hairstyle and beard at the BET Awards on Sunday night (29Jun14), fans began commenting on Cannon’s new look, and a photo comparison to Pryor appeared to hit home.

Cannon re-posted the shot with the caption “Now y’all (sic) get it!”

The “America’s Got Talent” host continued to fuel the rumors on Monday night by sharing a picture of Pryor smoking, and suggesting he is imitating the bad habit to get into character, writing, “Picking up smoking cigarettes for the next few months so forgive me if I smell like an ashtray. #KidsDontTryThis #CancerSticksSuck #AnythingForTheCraft #HopeIDontGetAddicted #LeftHandChainSmoking #ActorLife #NotAGame #Ncredible (sic).”

Cannon has not given any further details about the project. Director Lee Daniels has previously been attached to a potential biopic of the “Brewster’s Millions” star, with Eddie Murphy and Michael B. Jordan rumored to be in the running for the role.

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