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Eddie Murphy is starring in Netflix’s new film Dolemite Is My Name, which premieres on the streaming behemoth’s platform this fall.

Dolemite Is My Name | Official Trailer | Netflix

Academy Award nominee Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon.

In the Craig Brewer-directed film Murphy portrays the character of Rudy Ray Moore alongside Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Wesley Snipes, and Snoop Dogg.

The film, based on a true story, pays homage to Moore, a singer, dancer, and comedian whose heyday was during the 1960s and 1970s.

Moore made the 1975 classic blaxploitation film titled Dolemite, which was based on a man of the same name who a local used to tell obscene stories about to Moore.

In the film, Moore has various showbiz failures and eventually has an epiphany. He then uses the persona of Dolemite, a pimp with a cane that’s armed with an “arsenal of obscene fables” for his new act.

Moore then produces a movie about Dolemite, which eventually becomes a box office hit and a defining film during the Blaxploitation era.

Watch the trailer above.

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.