Dolemite is a blaxploitation classic from 1975 about a kung-fu-adept superhero pimp and nightclub owner. Now, Eddie Murphy is set to give its creator proper due when he headlines Dolemite Is My Name, a biopic about the film’s star Rudy Ray Moore, who passed away in 2008. With a cast that also includes Wesley Snipes and Keegan-Michael Key, the upcoming film from director Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow) and writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood, The People vs. Larry Flynt, American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson) should be one of next year’s most high-profile releases on Netflix, where it’ll exclusively debut. Apparently it’ll also be a period-piece project blessed with the participation of another legendary funnyman: Chris Rock.
As new set photos seem to reveal, Rock has joined Murphy and Key on the upcoming movie, which will detail Moore’s rise from working at a Hollywood record store, to his development of the Dolemite character at comedy clubs and on albums, to his self-financing of Dolemite, which spawned a series of sequels. In those candid snapshots, Rock is showing off some serious ’70s threads and hair (including a goatee) for his as-yet-unknown part.
Rock’s co-star Snipes also seems perfectly at home in the ’70s, as evidenced by a tweet, which provided fans with a first glimpse of his retro style.
Also featuring Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Dolemite Is My Name is currently in production, but will be released in 2019. Yahoo Entertainment has reached out to Netflix for more information.
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