Eddie Murphy is set to return to the screen for the first time since 2016's Mr. Church. He'll be starring in a Rudy Ray Moore biopic about the blaxploitation star who created the Dolemite character and co-wrote the 1975 film, which tells the story of a pimp and nightclub owner who spends 20 years in prison then seeks revenge on the man who set him up.
The Eddie Murphy Dolemite movie will likely focus on Rudy Ray Moore's rise to stardom, from his days working in a Hollywood record store, to creating the Dolemite character for his club act and underground comedy records, and finally to financing a film about the kung fu-capable urban hero/pimp. The Rudy Ray Moore biopic is being directed by Hustle and Flow's Craig Brewer from a script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who have penned biographical movies like Ed Wood, The People Vs. Larry Flynt and Big Eyes. Eddie Murphy has been eyeing the role for a decade. There is no word yet on the Dolemite Is My Name release date. It will be distributed by Netflix.