Netflix has released the first trailer for Craig Brewer‘s “Dolemite Is My Name.” The biographical dramedy stars Academy Award nominee Eddie Murphy as 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.
Under the fiery and spunky persona, Dolemite finds the resources to make a name for himself in what becomes the 1975 Blaxploitation film “Dolemite.” Rudy recruits the help of his friend Jerry Jones (Keegan Michael-Key) to write the script and have D’Urville Martin (Wesley Snipes) direct. The trailer sees Murphy as Rudy, contemplating his vision and alter ego for Dolemite. “Whatever it takes, I’m ready to do it,” he says. The character shifts from his comedian chops to pursue making a name for himself. Brewer directs from a script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Brewer’s past credits directing include “Hustle & Flow,” “Black Snake Moan” and “Footloose” (2011).
Murphy’s Oscar nominated role came with the supporting role as James “Thunder” Early in Bill Condon’s “Dreamgirls.” The actor’s other popular credits include “Coming to America,” which will see Murphy reprise his role in a forthcoming sequel by Brewer, “Dr. Dolitte,” “Beverly Hills Cop” and “Shrek.” With Brewer’s film, Murphy stars in his first project since 2016’s “Mr. Church,” from director Bruce Beresford.
The cast in “Dolemite Is My Name” includes Wesley Snipes, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Kodi Smit-Mcphee, Snoop Dogg, Ron Cephas Jones, Barry Shabaka Henley, Tip “TI” Harris, Luenell and Tasha Smith.
“Dolemite Is My Name” will be distributed by Netflix. The film will hit streaming in the fall but has no official release date as of yet. Netflix will be rolling the film into limited theatrical release ahead of streaming. The film will have its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival in September.