Actor and comedian Keegan-Michael Key is set to join the Netflix biopic “Dolemite Is My Name!” starring Eddie Murphy as famed raunchy comedian Rudy Ray Moore.
Moore’s X-rated stand up was infused with rapping and rhythm and he became popular for his character Dolemite who got a big screen adaptation in 1975 that was such a hit it spawned two official sequels.
Key is set to play Jerry Jones, a playwright who is convinced by Moore to write the screenplay for “Dolemite”. Wesley Snipes, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Titus Burgess, Da’Vine Joy Randolph and T.I. are also onboard the film.
Craig Brewer (“Hustle & Flow”) helms from a script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (“Ed Wood,” “The People vs O.J. Simpson”). Filming began early June ahead of a 2019 release.