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Eddie Murphy (Courtesy of New York Amsterdam News) Eddie Murphy will be back on the big screen again this year, this time playing a more serious role. He will join the cast of the new Spike Lee movie on the life of Marion Barry, the former Washington D.C. mayor and civil right activist. In 1990, Barry became an international celebrity when he was caught smoking cocaine by the FBI. After a short prison sentence, he was voted back into office as mayor's 1995 to 1999. Today, Barry is still serving the City, as a councilman. There have been previous attempts to tell Barry's story. For a series called Barry's Tale, HBO previously had Chris Rock slated to write the politician's story and Jamie Foxx playing the main role but the project never panned out. Let's hope for all the best on this new Lee/Murphy alliance.