Spike Lee to Direct Eddie Murphy in HBO Film About Former Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry

     December 9, 2011

With a whole slew of comedies both spectacular and downright terrible in his past, Eddie Murphy is looking to take on the most serious role of his career. The Washington Post reports Murphy is slated to star in a biopic of former Washington D.C. mayor Marion Barry for HBO Films. Even more interesting is that Spike Lee is also attached to direct the film which looks to use various sources (like the 1994 book Dream City) to tell the life story of Barry, the first prominent civil-rights activist to become chief executive of a major American city and a man who has endured various political and legal controversies and has somehow maintained his popularity and influence on the nation’s capitol. This just might be a film that paints Murphy in a new light and could open the door for more dramatic roles in his future. The actor received an Oscar nomination for Dreamgirls previously, but his role was still pretty comedic, so this will certainly be a big change of pace. Stay tuned.


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  • Robert

    I thought Spike Lee disliked Eddie Murphy? I know he criticized him in the eighties for not helping black actors get work…

    Whatever, though. I’m actually excited for this. I think Eddie Murphy is going to surprise a lot of people.

    Spike Lee is a terrific director, this will be good.

  • Marcelina

    I’m glad to see Eddie Murphy has chosen a project like this rather than doing more children’s films. So I hope he does more films for adults, tries to reach his full potential as an actor and tries to win an Oscar.

  • Yarp

    Eddie’s contribution to the story will be Marion takes a big toke of crack and suddenly thinks he has a little version of himself controlling him that can talk to animals. 14 emmy wins for HBO!

  • Old Soldier

    I can’t wait to hear him scream “Bitch set me up!”

  • Hiro the Eighth Samurai (and 14th Assassin)

    I know there’s Hollywood makeup departments and all, but isn’t Murphy a tad too young to play Marion Barry?