Several actors have been tapped for roles in the upcoming Netflix film, Dolemite Is My Name.
Eddie Murphy headlines the film as blaxploitation-pioneering actor and star of the Dolemite films, Rudy Ray Moore.
Wesley Snipes, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess and Da’Vine Joy Randolph have now joined.
Snipes is playing D’Urville Martin, “an arrogant actor and alcoholic who ends up directing Dolemite.” The other actors’ roles are unknown as of yet.”
Here’s what Deadline says of Moore’s story: Moore worked in a Hollywood record store in 1970 when he began hearing obscene stories of pimp and hustler named Dolemite. He started a club act where he became Dolemite. He then began generating records that mixed humor and a ghetto fantasy character, burnishing the legend. While too racy to be put on display in record stores, the records became a big inner city underground hit. The proceeds allowed Moore to finance the 1975 film Dolemite, which he starred in as a kung fu-capable pimp ghetto hero who stuck it to The Man. Moore followed with three sequels. He continues to be an influence for the likes of hip-hop entrepreneur Snoop Dogg, and he had something of a comeback starring alongside the hip-hop group Insane Clown Posse in Big Money Hustlas in 2000.
Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer is helming the project, which begins production in Los Angeles this week.
THR first reported the new castings.