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Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 12/09/2011

Eddie Murphy rumored to play Marion Barry in possible HBO biopic


DC City Council member and former Mayor Marion Barry. (Melina Mara - TWP)
D.C. Council member Marion Barry was mum on Friday about reports that Eddie Murphy will play him in a new HBO biopic.

“I don’t have comment. I am going into a staff meeting,” said Barry by telephone shortly after he arrived at the John A. Wilson Friday morning.

The Reliable Source reported that D.C. journalists Harry Jaffe and Tom Sherwood have been tapped as consultants — “Dream City,” their 1994 book about D.C. politics, is among the source material the creators are eyeing — as have Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer, the filmmakers behind the 2009 documentary “The Nine Lives of Marion Barry.”

Barry is up for re-election next year and the Post recently reported:

In conversations with political associates, Barry, 75, has outlined plans to run for a third consecutive term as D.C. Council member for Ward 8 but serve only a partial term, backing his only son, Christopher Barry, to fill his seat.
In conversations with political associates, Barry, 75, has outlined plans to run for a third consecutive term as D.C. Council member for Ward 8 but serve only a partial term, backing his only son, Christopher Barry, to fill his seat.

HBO officials would not comment.

Murphy was in the news last month for bowing out as host of next year’s Academy Awards scheduled for February 26.

Read earlier: ‘Dream City’ revisited, 10/18/11

Marion Barry calls Ward 8 ‘ghetto’, 9/1/11

Marion Barry declines to discuss potential reality show all about Marion Barry, 3/25/10

Chris Rock script takes a crack at Marion Barry, 6/1/2002

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