Eddie Murphy & 'Driving Miss Daisy' Director 'Cook' Up New Drama
Fans will see Eddie Murphy get back into Axel Foley mode soon enough with Beverly Hills Cop 4 on the way. Plus, there's still that Twins sequel in the works that will team him up with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito in the cleverly titled Triplets. But before he makes a couple more comedies, he's going to take some time to get into drama briefly. In what will be his first non-animated, non-comedy role since the 2006 musical Dreamgirls, Empire reports that Murphy is slated to star in Cook, a new project from Driving Miss Daisy director Bruce Beresford, that originally had Samuel L. Jackson on board to star.
The film would see Murphy playing a man hired by a dying patriarch to help take care of his girlfriend and daughter by cooking them meals and whatnot after he passes away. The script comes from "Californication" writer Susan McMartin with 300 and Escape Plan producer Mark Canton on board too, saying, "It's a great screenplay. It's a small story - a true story - of a family and a guy who comes into their lives. This will be Eddie Murphy like you've never seen him. Of that I can assure you." At the very least, it sounds like something unique for Murphy, and a nice break from the garbage comedies he's used to making nowadays.