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*Nick Cannon is dropping all kinds of hints that he’s about to play Richard Pryor in a new film project.

The entertainer Instagrammed the below picture of Pryor for #ThrowbackThursday (June 26) with the caption, “I’m feeling his spirit. I hope y’all ready for the next level in my career. #GameChanger #Pryor.”

Also, there was his sudden bush and facial hair at the BET Awards Sunday night.

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Fans began commenting on his natural hair, and a side-by-side comparison to Pryor appeared online. Cannon re-posted the shot (below) with the caption “Now y’all get it!”

The “America’s Got Talent” host kept up the game Monday night by sharing the below 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.”

Cannon has not given any further details about the project.

Director Lee Daniels has previously been attached to a potential Richard Pryor biopic, with Eddie Murphy and Michael B. Jordan rumored to be in the running for the role.