Eddie Murphy to Star Alongside Jonah Hill in Netflix Comedy

By | August 27, 2021

Oscar nominee Eddie Murphy (Dreamgirls) will star alongside fellow Oscar nominee Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street) in an upcoming Netflix comedy feature, according to a recent report from The Hollywood Reporter.

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Murphy joins the film that is set to be directed by Emmy nominee Kenya Barris (Black-ish), who will make his directorial debut with the film. Barris and Murphy previously worked on 2021’s Coming 2 America, with Barris credited as a writer on the sequel. The unnamed comedy’s script being written by both Jonah Hill and Barris, with Barris’ Khalabo Ink Society production banner producing the film.

No exact plot details are known, but The Hollywood Reporter describes the film as “an incisive examination of modern love and family dynamics,” with Murphy and Hill on opposite sides of a cultural divide that will shape their relationships. No other cast members have been announced as of yet, but the draw of Murphy and Hill is likely something Netflix is hoping will draw tons of interest.

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After dominating most of the 80s-90s with films and comedy specials, Eddie Murphy took a brief hiatus from films after his 2012 appearance in A Thousand Words. However, he’s since returned to the world of acting, starring in 2019’s Dolemite Is My Name for Netflix and garnering rave reviews for his performance. His most recent film, Coming 2 America, wasn’t received incredibly well, but still was a big hit for Amazon.