Netflix take bold step in casting Wesley Snipes for Dolemite is My Name

Dolemite Is My Name

What was the last Wesley Snipes movie you enjoyed?

Actors come and go, but it's when they do that and come back, that's when we get really excited. 

There's nothing more intriguing than a career resurgence. We've seen some particularly incredible examples, perhaps the best being that of Mickey Rourke's; his return in 2008's The Wrestler was stunning in its autobiographical overtones. 

As has long been the case with popular entertainment, sometimes we just fall out of love with these actors, but a lot of the time, there tends to be something going on off the screen which results in their absence. We've seen actors like Adrien Brody take up painting, Jack Nicholson take a break, and on the other end of the spectrum, we've seen Wesley Snipes arrested.

Wesley Snipes attends the 4th Annual City Summit and Gala - Day 2 held at The Marriott Burbank Convention Center on February 24, 2019 in Burbank, California.Wesley Snipes attends the 4th Annual City Summit and Gala - Day 2 held at The Marriott Burbank Convention Center on February 24, 2019 in Burbank, California.

The career of Wesley Snipes

White Men Can't Jump, New Jack City, Demolition Man, Jungle Fever - there's no doubt that the 57-year-old performer has appeared in some cherished movies. Many would argue that his greatest achievement featured in the Blade franchise, which saw him tackle the titular role. 

The first instalment in 1998 kickstarted the superhero trend, and while it wasn't quite so revered in its day, it's amazing just how much audiences' fondness for the film has grown in recent years. He appeared in efforts after the franchise ceased with 2004's Blade: Trinity, but he wasn't exactly as big as he was. Then, in 2010 he received a three-year prison sentence for not paying his taxes. 

It looked as though it'd be all over, but after getting out, he appeared in a few lesser-seen efforts like Spike Lee's musical-hybrid Chi-Raq (he played Cyclops). Despite a few roles, he hasn't exactly bounced back; if you brought up his name now, arguably the first thing people think of is tax crimes. This could be set to change though...

Dolemite Is My Name cast

Dolemite is a 1975 blaxploitation film and has earned a cult following since its release. Majority audiences will likely have no clue what it is, but the forthcoming biopic My Name Is Dolemite aims to educate Netflix audiences when it's released on the streaming platform later this year. 

It stars Eddie Murphy (Shrek) as Rudy Ray Moore, who conjures the comic persona of Dolemite and aims to make a film in hopes of creating a phenomenon. Audiences will be happy to see Eddie flex his comedy muscles again, and it's been a long time coming. Armed with a cast featuring Craig Robinson (This Is the End), Keegan-Michael Key (Keanu), Chris Rock (Dogma) and more, it's sure to be something special. 

When the trailer dropped recently, Eddie fans were quick to sing its praises, but the biggest takeaway may be Wesley's presence. He plays D'Urville Martin, the director of Dolemite. It's surely a central role, and could actually bring the actor to the forefront once again. 

Wesley Snipes in Dolemite Is My Name

Did you see 2017's The Recall or Armed Response

No? Did you see Chi-Raq? If you did, perhaps a better question is did you like it? Wesley Snipes hasn't exactly blown anyone away, and many would argue he hasn't done so since he stopped taking on vampires in the Blade franchise. 

These three aforementioned titles weren't exactly seen by mass audiences, and unless he's in a huge blockbuster general audiences aren't going to consider him a star again. It's all about exposure, and in today's age, the next best thing to a blockbuster is a Netflix project. Why? Because it helps to guarantee an audience. If old fans hear that he's in it, and hear he's co-starring with Murphy, it almost sounds like an event; people are going to be talking about it, and are already. Considering it'll be available at the click of a button, it could be big. 

If he's good in it, and judging from the trailer he will be, then we could see Wesley hit heights again. As for returning to Blade, Mahershala Ali might have something to say!

In other news, has Preacher been renewed?

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