Dave Chappelle Is Rick James, Bitch!

Comedian in early talks to portray funkster in biopic.

The next time Dave Chappelle exclaims, "I'm Rick James, bitch!," he might not be kidding.

Though plans are currently only half-baked, the comedian is in early talks to portray the funk musician in a film based on James' upcoming tome, "Memoirs of a Super Freak," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, who is producing the upcoming film "Constantine," directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Keanu Reeves, is reportedly in initial negotiations to obtain the rights to begin work on a Paramount film based on James' life.

James, 56, released his most recent studio album, Urban Rapsody, in 1997 and has been working on penning his memoirs for some time. Chappelle has been instrumental in bringing James' name back to pop culture with his impersonation of the musician on his Comedy Central series, "Chappelle's Show" (see "Dave Chappelle: The Reason Grandmas Know Who Lil Jon Is").

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