Eddie Murphy stars in the upcoming Netflix movie Dolemite is My Name, a biopic on comedian, musician, singer, film actor, and film producer Rudy Ray Moore.
The trailer has arrived for the film, which tells of how Moore, who was in a slump after a number of showbiz ventures had failed to spark, came up with the pimp persona of Dolemite. Despite being considered to controversial by many, Moore percevered with the alter ego, eventually crafting a hit film around the character that would go on to define the Blaxploitation film era.
Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan helmer Criag Brewer directs from a screenplay by Scott Alexander (The People vs. Larry Flynt, Man on the Moon) and Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood, Goosebumps, Big Eyes). It’s a promising trailer. Not only is it great to see Murphy in a lead role for a movie that looks solid, there’s also a great cast that includes Keegan-Michael Key and Wesley Snipes (who really needs a big comeback step). Let’s hope this is great.
Dolemite is My Name, also starring Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Snoop Dogg, among others, will be screening at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival and will hit Netflix later this year.
Official synopsis for Dolemite Is My Name:
Stung by a string of showbiz failures, floundering comedian Rudy Ray Moore (Academy Award nominee Eddie Murphy) has an epiphany that turns him into a word-of-mouth sensation: step onstage as someone else. Borrowing from the street mythology of 1970s Los Angeles, Moore assumes the persona of Dolemite, a pimp with a cane and an arsenal of obscene fables. However, his ambitions exceed selling bootleg records deemed too racy for mainstream radio stations to play. Moore convinces a social justice-minded dramatist (Keegan-Michael Key) to write his alter ego a film, incorporating kung fu, car chases, and Lady Reed (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), an ex-backup singer who becomes his unexpected comedic foil. Despite clashing with his pretentious director, D’Urville Martin (Wesley Snipes), and countless production hurdles at their studio in the dilapidated Dunbar Hotel, Moore’s Dolemite becomes a runaway box office smash and a defining movie of the Blaxploitation era.
Comics and rappers have praised Moore as a pioneering influence over the past few decades, and Dolemite Is My Name is a hilarious celebration of a singular talent who made his own legend. From director Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Empire); Emmy and Golden Globe-winning writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood, The People vs. O.J. Simpson); and the producing team of Oscar and Golden Globe nominee John Davis (Ferdinand, Joy), Golden Globe nominee John Fox (Joy) and Murphy; the film features an all-star supporting cast — including Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Snoop Dogg, Ron Cephas Jones, Barry Shabaka Henley, Tip ‘TI’ Harris, Luenell, Tasha Smith — plus costumes designed by Academy Award winner Ruth E. Carter (Black Panther).