Dolemite Is My Name – Story Meeting Film Clip - Director Craig Brewer – Producer Eddie Murphy, John Davis & John Fox – Writers Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski – Da’Vine Joy Rudolph, Keega-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess & Wesley
Dolemite Is My Name is a 2019 American biographical comedy film directed by Craig Brewer and written by Sco...
Dolemite Is My Name is a 2019 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, who is best known for having portrayed the character of Dolemite in both his stand-up routine and a series of blaxploitation films, which started with Dolemite in 1975.
The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2019, and was released in a limited release on October 4, 2019, before digital streaming on October 25, 2019, by Netflix. The film received positive reviews from critics, with praise for Murphy's comeback performance, as well as its screenplay, period costumes and sense of humor. It was chosen by both the National Board of Review and Time magazine as one of the ten best films of the year. At the 77th Golden Globe Awards, the film was nominated for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Actor for Murphy.
Murphy has stated that a biopic of Rudy Ray Moore had long been a dream project for him. Murphy initially met screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski in 2003 and they began developing the project. Murphy arranged a meeting between the two writers with Moore, who told him many of his life stories before his death in 2008. However, the early attempts to make the film never came to fruition.
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. Original DOP of Dolemite Nicholas Josef von Sternberg visited the set during filming, and according to Brewer, contributed additional stories that didn't make it into the film.