Eddie Murphy is set to star and produce Netflix’s Rudy Ray Moore biopic, “Dolemite Is My Name.”
It’s a role the iconic comedian and actor has been eager to play for over a decade!
According to Deadline, production on the film, directed by Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow) and written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, will begin on June 12.
“Dolemite Is My Name” will tell the story of Rudy Ray Moore, who starred in the blaxploitation Dolemite films.
Moore worked in a Hollywood record store in 1970 when he began hearing obscene stories of pimp and hustler named Dolemite. He started a club act where he became Dolemite. He then began generating records that mixed humor and a ghetto fantasy character, burnishing the legend.
While too racy to be put on display in record stores, the records became a big inner city underground hit. The proceeds allowed Moore to finance the 1975 film Dolemite, which he starred in as a kung fu-capable pimp ghetto hero who stuck it to The Man. Moore followed with three sequels.
I am totally here for this!
No word yet on when the film is expected to premiere on Netflix, but I’ll definitely keep you posted.