Eddie Murphy will star in a movie about disgraced former Washington D.C. mayor directed by Spike Lee. Marion Barry was famously re-elected mayor after being caught smoking crack with a female friend on camera.
Murphy is not known for dramatic roles but scored an Oscar nomination for his role in “Dreamgirls.” This would be the first time Black film veterans, Lee and Murphy would work together.
The Hollywood Reporter reports:
HBO Films is developing an untitled television biopic centered on former Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, whom Murphy would play should the project move forward, a source confirms to The Hollywood Reporter.
Spike Lee is attached to direct with John Ridley (Red Tails, Da Brick) to pen the script. Murphy, Lee and Ridley would all serve as executive producers as the Washington Post first reported.