Netflix has dropped a trailer for Dolomite Is My Title, starring Eddie Murphy as Rudy Ray Moore within the biopic in regards to the comic, movie producer and star of the blaxploitation Dolemite movies. In any case, it's good to see Eddie Murphy back in a comedic role that simultaneously shines a light on a 20th century entertainer some folks might not have heard of before. "I'll put my finger in the ground and turn the whole world around", Moore says in the Dolemite trailer, as he kicks, punches, and shoots his way across Los Angeles. And the flawless role for Eddie Murphy to take on these days. Murphy is joined by a who's who cast of black comedians, including Chris Rock, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Keegan-Michael Key, Luenell, Wesley Snipes, Tituss Burgess, and Da'Vine Joy Randolph. While working at a Hollywood record shop, Moore heard obscene stories about an apocryphal "Dolemite", and soon adopted the persona on a trio of comedy albums, telling sexually explicit stories, typically in rhyme, while in character as Dolemite, a mellifluous pimp and night club owner. It's directed by Craig Brewer, most famous for Hustle & Flow and earning Three 6 Mafia an Oscar. Nonetheless, his ambitions exceed promoting bootleg data deemed too racy for mainstream radio stations to play.
Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski wrote the screenplay for the film. I'll definitely be checking out this film when it comes to TIFF next month.
While Netflix has some fairly high-profile releases this fall, including new films from Martin Scorsese, Noah Baumbach, Steven Soderbergh, and David Michôd, they will also be bringing much more to festivals, followed by a release on their streaming service.