An official trailer has been released for Dolemite Is My Name, an upcoming biographical dramedy starring Eddie Murphy as 1970s blaxploitation legend Rudy Ray Moore.
The movie is the latest from Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan director Craig Brewer, and Murphy is joined by an excellent supporting cast including Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and Wesley Snipes.
Continue below for more info on Dolemite Is My Name and to check out the new trailer.
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 (Daâ€™Vine Joy Randolph), an ex-backup singer who becomes his unexpected comedic foil. Despite clashing with his pretentious director, Dâ€™Urville Martin (Wesley Snipes), and countless production hurdles at their studio in the dilapidated Dunbar Hotel, Mooreâ€™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 â€” including Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Snoop Dogg, Ron Cephas Jones, Barry Shabaka Henley, Tip ‘TI’ Harris, Luenell, Tasha Smith â€” plus costumes designed by Academy Award winner Ruth E. Carter (Black Panther).
In addition to this movie, Brewer is also directing the upcoming sequel to Eddie Murphy’s 1988 hit Coming to America, which sees Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, John Amos, Paul Bates, and the great James Earl Jones all reprising their roles from the original. Snipes also has a role in that project.
Dolemite Is My Name will be released in limited theaters and on Netflix this fall.
Fair warning: The trailer below is a little NSFW.
Academy Award nominee Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon.