However, Richard Pryor's kids say "Not so fast!"
TMZ reports that Pryor's kids, Richard Pryor Jr. and Rain Pryor, don't think Cannon has the acting chops to portray their father. Cannon is currently host of America's Got Talent and TeenNick Top 10, but his most-notable film role is 2002's Drumline.
Pryor's kids say Marlon Wayans is more suitable for the role.
Although people have questioned Cannon after he posted a photo on Instagram of him next to Pryor, he hasn't confirmed that he's been chosen for the role. "When it comes to something as sensitive as a legend like Richard Pryor, there's family, there's friends, there's productions, so many things that go into weighing in on who should be this person," Cannon told TMZ.
"I don't wanna be out there, like one of those people like 'Oh yeah I'm doing it' and then you look up and that's not the case."