Like most of the legendary comedians, Eddie Murphy has stepped outside his comfort zone a handful of times throughout his career to show people he can do more than just make ’em laugh. One of his most memorable dramatic roles came in the 2006 film Dreamgirls. He earned an Oscar nomination for his performance.
Unfortunately, his career started to go down the Adam Sandler Highway after that with movies like Norbit and Meet Dave. But Murphy didn’t stay on the highway long, he took an exit and spent the last few years away from the action in Hollywood.
Now he’s back. Before you see him make a return in Beverly Hills Cop 4, you’ll be able to catch Murphy in one of those rare dramatic roles. The 55-year-old actor/comedian stars as Henry Church in the upcoming film Mr. Church.
The movie, based on true events, follows Murphy’s character after he is hired by the now-deceased patriarch of a small family to take care of them after his untimely death. Mr. Church’s original contract was set for just six months, but as the trailer shows, he ends up being a friend for life.
Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland) also stars in the movie. It’s scheduled to hit theaters September 16, 2016. You can check out the official synopsis and trailer below. Just a warning, the trailer is full of spoilers, so if you want to be completely surprised, you might want to skip the video.
“Mr. Church 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.”