Eddie Murphy headlines the new Netflix film “Dolemite Is My Name” next month, and he’ll follow up his small-screen return by hosting “Saturday Night Live’s” Christmas episode, marking his first time leading the show in 35 years.
Directed by “Hustle & Flow‘s” Craig Brewer, “Dolemite Is My Name” was a passion project for Murphy. The film stars Eddie as comedian Rudy Ray Moore, who used the character of Dolemite to become a Blaxploitation icon in the ’70s. Murphy long ago met with Moore, who died in 2008 at the age of 81, to discuss making a movie.
Now the Hollywood icon is speaking out about his return to the spotlight. In a recent interview he revealed, “I’d been making movies and doing this stuff for so long I just needed time to be on the couch. Now, I’m off and Dolemite kind of lit a spark because it turned out so well and it got the creative juices flowing.”
Murphy, 58, is also set to go on a stand-up comedy tour next year and star in the anticipated sequel to “Coming to America.
“Dolemite Is My Name” opens Oct. 4 in select theaters and arrives on Netflix Oct. 25.