Eddie Murphy In Early Talks To Star In George Clinton Biopic

By Brooks Welch

Actor and comedian Eddie Murphy is a serious contender to portray George Clinton in his biopic ‘Godfather of Funk.’

The developing project is said to chronicle Clinton’s life and legacy, from his childhood in 1940s North Carolina, to the formation of his groundbreaking bands Parliament and Funkadelic in the late 1960s,” reports Variety. “The movie will also explore Clinton and the bands’ impact of the future of hip-hop and artists like Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Outkast and the Wu-Tang Clan.”

As reported by Deadline, Clinton is widely considered to be the Godfather of Funk, rivaling James Brown and Sly Stone as the foremost innovators in that musical genre.

Alongside embodying the funk legend, Murphy will produce the film with John Davis and Catherine Davis of Davis Entertainment. Murphy worked with Davis Entertainment for his 2019 Netflix film ‘Dolemite Is My Name,’ in which he starred as Blaxploitation film star Rudy Ray Moore.

Murphy has some exciting developments underway. The legendary actor and comedian with star opposite of Jonah hill in the Kenya Barris-directed Netflix comedy “You People.” He will also reprise his role as Alex Foley in “Beverly Hills Cop 4.”