Ten years of fighting for a role has finally paid off for one of Hollywood’s legendary leading men and revolutionary comedians, thanks to the forces at Netflix.
Eddie Murphy will be starring in the streaming company’s film Dolemite Is My Name, a biopic on actor Rudy Ray Moore. Moore was the actor who starred as the lead character in the Dolemite blaxploitation films. Murphy will star as Moore in a screenplay written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, the duo behind the films Big Eyes, Ed Wood and The People Vs. Larry Flynt. The film will be directed by Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow) with Murphy joining John Davis and John Fox as producers on the project.
Moore was working in a Hollywood record store when he would hear stories about a pimp by the name of Dolemite. After portraying the character in a club act, Moore went on to make records under the character name that would blend comedy with ghetto fantasy. The records quickly became underground hits and Moore used the proceeds to finance his film Dolemite in 1975. As the lead character, Moore played a Kung-Fu Pimp hero who would fight the powers that be.
Murphy’s last on-screen performance was in the 2016 comedy/drama Mr. Church. Dolemite Is My Name will go into production on June 12th. No premiere date has been given yet.
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