Mike Epps Starring in 'Uncle Buck' TV Show

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Mike Epps

The comedian is taking on the John Candy role from the 1989 John Hughes movie.

ABC has tapped Mike Epps to take on the role played by John Candy in a TV version of the 1989 comedy Uncle Buck, The Hollywood Reporterhas confirmed.

Based on John Hughes' movie about a childish man who learns how to be an adult by taking care of his brother's kids in a very childish way, Epps will star as Buck Russell, the lovable dreamer and Will's older brother who essentially raised him as a child.

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Nia Long will co-star as Will's wife Alexis, the founder of her own nonprofit that mentors at-risk girls.

Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley are attached to write and executive produce ABC's Uncle Buck alongside Will Packer via his Will Packer Productions banner. The single-camera comedy hails from ABC Studios, Universal Television and Packer's banner. Phil Traill will direct.

Epps' credits include Starz's Survivor's Remorse as well as The Hangover and Resident Evil: Apocalypse. The comedian hit the Billboard charts in 2009 with Funny Bidness: Da Album, hitting the top 10 on Comedy Albums and even charting at No. 98 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.