Wesley Snipes, Craig Robinson, Mike Epps, Tituss Burgess and Da’Vine Joy Randolph have joined Eddie Murphy in the Netflix biopic “Dolemite Is My Name!”
Production started June 11 and centers on the life of Rudy Ray Moore, who recorded the Dolemite comedy albums in the early 1970s and used the proceeds to finance the 1975 film “Dolemite,” in which he starred as a pimp and ghetto hero. Moore also starred as Dolemite in “The Human Tornado,” “The Monkey Hustle,” and “Petey Wheatstraw: The Devil’s Son-in-Law.” He died in 2008.
We’re glad to see Hollywood pay homage to Moore, but we’re cautious. Hollywood sometimes covers up weak story lines and bad writing with strong actors. We’re hoping that’s not the case. Maybe this’ll end up more like “Harlem Nights,” where Murphy combined great comics and phenomenal writing to produce an instant classic.
Netflix will launch the film in 2019. Murphy has limited his movie performances in recent years, last starring in the 2016 drama “Mr. Church” and the 2012 comedy-drama “A Thousand Words” which was very, very funny and underrated.