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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 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.”

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.