Dolemite Is My Name is an American biographical comedy film directed by Craig Brewer and written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. The film stars Eddie Murphy as filmmaker Rudy Ray Moore, best known for portraying the character of Dolemite in both his stand-up routine and a series of blaxploitation films, starting with Dolemite in 1975.
Chelsea Gilson, Chris Rock, Craig Robinson, David M Sandoval Jr., Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key, Kodi Smit-McPhee, London Worthy, Mike Epps, Snoop Dogg, T.I., Tituss Burgess, Wesley Snipes
On June 7, 2018, it was announced that Craig Brewer would direct Dolemite Is My Name from a script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski with Netflix producing and distributing. Eddie Murphy was set to star as Moore. Later that month, the rest of the principal cast was announced. In July 2018, Chris Rock and Ron Cephas Jones joined the cast. Principal photography began on June 12, 2018.
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.
Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend 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.
Dolemite Is My Name did have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2019. It is scheduled to be released in a limited release on October 4, 2019, before digital streaming on October 25, 2019. In Variety, Owen Gleiberman describes Murphy’s performance as some kind of a comeback: ′As the brash hustler who made ″Dolemite″, Eddie Murphy has his best role in years in a film that’s like a blaxploitation answer to ″The Disaster Artist″ He plays Rudy as a cheap but priceless carny barker of his own ego.