Moore also became popular for his creation of the character Dolemite in his stand-up routines that, after five years of performing as the urban hero, he made a decision to bring him to the big screen with the 1975 movie of the same name.
The trailer dropped Monday for his new film, "Dolemite Is My Name", which will be released in the coming months on the streaming platform. Dolemite is My Name is directed by American filmmaker Craig Brewer, of the films The Poor & Hungry, Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan, and Footloose previously.
As though Eddie Murphy weren't enough star power, Dolemite Is My Name boasts an absolutely loaded cast, including Keegan-Michael Key, Tituss Burgess, Craig Robinson, Mike Epps, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Snoop Dogg, and Wesley Snipes as the one actual star involved with Dolemite's first big screen foray. "I think the great lesson is one can look at a budget that has no money, or perhaps a script that doesn't make any real plausible sense in places, and sometimes those movies need to happen, because sometimes what doesn't work becomes classic material".
The logline: 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.
Led by Eddie Murphy, a comedian who attempts a comeback by taking the persona of the much more fly Dolemite. However, his ambitions exceed selling bootleg records deemed too racy for mainstream radio stations to play.
"Dolemite Is My Name" will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September before debuting in theatres and on Netflix later this fall.
Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski wrote the screenplay for the film.