Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Wesley Snipes, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess Join Eddie Murphy’s ‘Dolemite Is My Name’

(L-R): Wesley Snipes, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson and Tituss Burgess (Getty Images)
(L-R): Wesley Snipes, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson and Tituss Burgess (Getty Images)

*Eddie Murphy’s Netflix biopic “Dolemite Is My Name!” has padded its cast with Wesley Snipes, Craig Robinson, Mike Epps, Tituss Burgess and Da’Vine Joy Randolph, reports Variety.

As previously reported, the film 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 hood hero.

Moore, who died in 2008, also starred as Dolemite in “The Human Tornado,” “The Monkey Hustle,” and “Petey Wheatstraw: The Devil’s Son-in-Law.”

Craig Brewer is directing from a script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Murphy is also producing with John Davis and John Fox. Michael Buegg is executive producing.

Production started June 11.

Netflix will premiere the film in 2019.

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