Looks like Eddie Murphy will have the opportunity to flex his acting muscles and former embattled D.C. mayor; Marion Barry will be in the spotlight again thanks to a new project in the works that will have Murphy portraying Berry.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Spike Lee is in talks to direct and co-produce the untitled TV biopic.

It should be interesting to see if Eddie Murphy known mostly for his outlandish comedic roles can tackle the brutal intensity and chaotic madness that shadowed Berry during his tenure as Mayor.

Barry was the D.C. mayor from 1979-1991, and then unfathomably served again from 1995-1999. His overt drug use was the subject of immense scrutiny in the early 90’s and his major fall from grace came from a drug bust in January 1990 when he was arrested after getting caught smoking crack cocaine at the Vista International Hotel. He ended up serving six months in prison and now currently serves a member of the D.C. City Council representing the 8th ward.

Spike Lee will no doubt do justice to the script and anyone under his guidance tends to shine regardless of their limitations, so Murphy will undoubtedly in good hands.

If all the elements come together, this should finally give Murphy his long awaited Best Actor accolade.

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  • SassyFrassy

    I’d like to point out that Eddie has already proven that he can tackle a serious acting role through his work on Dream Girls. I this comes to fruition. I would love to see a portrayal of Barry, but a real look at why the city loved him so much… or didn’t…

    However, I would have liked to see David Allen Grier considered for this. Of course, the man did a hilarious job parodying Barry on In Living Color, but he is also an accomplished serious actor. Watch A Soldier’s Story if you need proof.

    • Sandy

      Eddie Murphy was robbed of the Oscar for Dreamgirls. I sat there thinking “THIS is Eddie Murphy?” because he did a good job.

  • B

    Sounds exciting!

  • MarloweOverShakespeare

    I totally forgot about Dreamgirls. That being said, I think this is great and I’ll be looking forward to it. I would however, like to see him acting in a “serious” role sans drug abuse.

    And I’m definitely looking forward to a 40 acres and a mule comeback, ha!