Watch Eddie Murphy Nail It In ‘Dolemite Is My Name’ Trailer

Don’t call it a comeback, he’s been here years. Eddie Murphy is poised to flex his acting muscles as Rudy Ray Moore in Netflix’s Dolemite Is My Name. The trailer has finally landed, and it looks like Murphy slipped right into character for this homage to one of the most prominent figures of the Blaxploitation era.

Eddie Murphy as Dolemite
Eddie Murphy in ‘Dolemite Is My Name’ | Netflix

For those who don’t know, Dolemite is a legend

Long considered somewhat of a folk hero, Dolemite was the creation of Moore and has been celebrated and sampled in hip hop by the likes of Snoop Dogg, Big Daddy Kane, 2 Live Crew, and Big Sean. But Moore turned himself into a star by morphing into the provocative, cussing, pimping hustler Dolemite who cracked jokes, thrilled women, and slayed bad guys.

As the story goes, after Moore moved from Ohio to Hollywood in the 1970s to pursue a career in entertainment, he heard street tales about a mythical pimp named Dolemite. He brought the legend to life by making comedy records where he rapped, sang, roasted. Moore regaled rich and ridiculously entertaining stories about life, crime, revenge, and the ladies. And he did it all as the character Dolemite.

It worked, because he was able to raise enough cash to produce his first movie in 1975, Dolemite, which introduced the now-icon to theater audiences. To this day, Moore remains a cult hero in the Blaxploitation genre for Dolemite. According to Variety, Moore spent $90,000 to make Dolemite and it grossed roughly $5 million. Moore passed away in 2008, but not before a 1994 documentary about his career was made where he talked about his life in the entertainment world.

Murphy, who has been itching to depict Moore on film, brings all the swag, laughs, and ‘70s flavor that you’d expect and want to see in a movie like this. You’ll want to watch this one a few times because it’s that good.

If you’re new to Dolemite lore, you can find collections of the old movies on Amazon as well as some of Moore’s other works. Murphy is joined by other stars in the biopic

Murphy is joined by other stars in the biopic

Along with Murphy, other members of the talented cast seen in the trailer include Wesley Snipes, Luenell, rapper T.I., Tituss Burgess, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph. Chris Rock is also due to make an appearance.

Deadline shared the logline for the Netflix flick which highlights the wild ride that awaits viewers:

“Stung by a string of showbiz failures, floundering comedian Rudy Ray Moore (Murphy) has an epiphany that turns him into a word-of-mouth sensation: step onstage as someone else. Borrowing from the street mythology of 1970s Los Angeles, Moore assumes the persona of Dolemite, a pimp with a cane and an arsenal of obscene fables. However, his ambitions exceed selling bootleg records deemed too racy for mainstream radio stations to play. Moore convinces a social justice-minded dramatist (Keegan-Michael Key) to write his alter ego a film, incorporating kung fu, car chases, and Lady Reed (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), an ex-backup singer who becomes his unexpected comedic foil. Despite clashing with his pretentious director, D’Urville Martin (Wesley Snipes), and countless production hurdles at their studio in the dilapidated Dunbar Hotel, Moore’s Dolemite becomes a runaway box office smash and a defining movie of the Blaxploitation era.”

While Murphy didn’t get an Oscar for Jimmy “Thunder” Early in Dreamgirls, this role could snag him that win. Look for him next in the Coming to America reboot with Wesley Snipes. Dolemite Is My Name hits Netflix this fall.