It’s been three years since stand-up comedian Eddie Murphy starred in a movie, but thanks to Netflix and its reportedly $70-million deal with the actor, Murphy is back!
Later this year, Murphy’s biopic Dolemite Is My Name, about the life of US comedian and actor Rudy Ray Moore, will drop on Netflix.
Comedians and rap artists have praised Moore as a pioneering influence over the past few decades, and Dolemite Is My Name is a hilarious celebration of a man who, through passion and determination, made a name for himself regardless of the many obstacles he encountered.
Stung by a string of showbiz failures, floundering comedian Rudy Ray Moore 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.
What follows next is a string of events that involve Dolemite clashing with his pretentious director and facing countless production hurdles. However, despite the stumbling blocks ahead, Dolemite becomes a box-office hit that solidifies Moore as a renowned black comedian actor of his era.
The biopic consists of an impressive cast which includes the likes of Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Wesley Snipes, Tituss Burgess, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Snoop Dogg, Cephas Jones, Tip ‘TI’ Harris, Luenell and Tasha Smith.
Academy Award winner Ruth E Carter, who was responsible for designing costumes for movies such as Black Panther, also designed the costumes for this biopic.
Dolemite Is My Name will be available to stream on Netflix in September 2019.