Keegan-Michael Key, one half of Comedy Central’s sketch show Key and Peele, has joined forces with Eddie Murphy in the cast of Netflix’s blaxploitation biopic “Dolemite Is My Name!”
Based on a true story, the movie stars Murphy as Rudy Ray Moore, the comedian and musician who adopted the garish persona Dolemite, and appeared as this character in the 1975 movie “Dolemite.”
Key will play Jerry Jones, a playwright who is convinced by Moore to write the screenplay for Dolemite
The character of Dolemite began as one of Moore’s alter egos on his notoriously edgy comedy rap albums, and Moore used the profits from those albums to finance a low-budget movie starring the character.
In the movie, Dolemite is a pimp and nightclub owner who gets set up and sent to jail for 20 years, but later takes his revenge with the help of his band of kung fu prostitutes.
Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski wrote the script.
Davis Entertainment’s John Davis and John Fox are producing “Dolemite Is My Name!” along with Murphy.
Craig Brewer, who co-wrote and directed the 2011 remake of “Footloose,” is directing “Dolemite Is My Name!”, which is already in production in Los Angeles.
Key and Murphy join a cast that also includes Wesley Snipes, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, and Tituss Burgess.
The movie is due to drop in 2019.