Eddie Murphy portrays pioneering funnyman Rudy Ray Moore in the first trailer for the upcoming Netflix movie Dolemite Is My Name.
Moore, who is considered a cult comedy legend thanks to his X-rated stand-up records and his wild 1970s "blaxploitation" movies, silenced critics who doubted his marketability by bringing his outrageously obscene pimp-like persona Dolemite from nightclub stages to the big screen.
By way of Collider, here is the official synopsis:
Stung by a string of showbiz failures, floundering comedian Rudy Ray Moore (Academy Award nominee Eddie 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.
Murphy, who is also rumored to star in a $70 million stand-up special on Netflix and a Coming to America sequel, is joined by a star-studded supporting cast that includes Keegan-Michael Key, Wesley Snipes, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Snoop Dogg, Ron Cephas Jones, Barry Shabaka Henley, Tip ‘TI’ Harris, Luenell and Tasha Smith.
Catch Dolemite Is My Name in select theaters and on the streaming service this fall.