Eddie Murphy becomes 1970s comedian 'Dolemite' in Netflix trailer
UPI News Service, 08/12/2019
DOLEMITE IS MY NAME. In select theaters and on @Netflix this fall. pic.twitter.com/fyCZToecPq— Netflix Film (@NetflixFilm) August 12, 2019
Netflix on Monday released a trailer for Dolemite Is My Name, starring Eddie Murphy as the actor behind the 1970s blaxploitation film character.
Murphy, who has rarely appeared on the screen in a decade, plays the actor behind the comedian, musician, actor and kung-fu star of the film about a pimp seeking vengeance after being wrongly jailed.
Rudy Ray Moore (1927-2008), the original filmmaker and star of the 1975 movie Dolemite, also did the soul and funk soundtrack. He became known as the "Godfather of Rap," with hip-hop artists using parts of his music.
Dolemite Is My Name will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
Filming began last summer around Los Angeles.
Michael Beugg is the executive producer of the film with Davis Entertainment's John Davis, John Fox and Murphy as producers and director Craig Brewer (Hustle and Flow). Golden Globe-winning writers of the film are Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood, The People vs. O.J. Simpson.)
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