Hollywood super-actor Eddie Murphy is set to star in his first film after a five-year hiatus.
The movie ‘Mr. Church’ is a drama film set primarily in 1970s Los Angeles starring Eddie Murphy and Britt Robertson. The story is based on the life of writer Susan McMartin. The film which had its world premiere on 22 April 2016 at the Tribeca Film Festival tells the story of a unique friendship that develops when a little girl and her dying mother retain the services of a talented cook, Henry Joseph Church.
What begins as a six month arrangement instead spans fifteen years, and creates a family bond that lasts forever.
The movie was directed by Bruce Beresford. The working title was Cook but was later re-titled to Mr. Church, the name of Eddy Murphy’s character.
Eddy Murphy is reported to be the 5th-highest grossing actor in the U.S. and ranked number 10 on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.
He has received Golden Globe Award nominations for his performances in 48 Hours, Beverly Hills Cop series, Trading Places and The Nutty Professor.
In 2007, he won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of soul singer James “Thunder” Early in Dream girls.
Murphy has played multiple roles in Coming to America, Wes Craven’s Vampire in Brooklyn, the “Nutty Professor, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Norbit and Meet Dave – a tribute to one of his idols Peter Sellers, who played multiple roles in Dr Strangelove.
Before this new one, films featuring Murphy had grossed over 3.8 billion dollars in the U.S. and Canada and 6.6 billion dollars worldwide.
Last year, Eddy Murphy was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humour by the John F. Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts.