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Eddie Murphy is Hong Kong Phooey in big screen outing

11 August 2011

Eddie Murphy well known the world over as the voice of Donkey in the Shrek series has nabbed the voice role of crime fighting dog Hong Kong Phooey in the big screen version of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon.

The big screen outing will be directed by Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts helmer Alex Zamm and is reported to be a mix of live action and animation.

For those unfamiliar with the story, it follows a mild-mannered dog called Penry who accidentally gains mystical powers. Transforming into Hong Kong Phooey, he fights crime with the help of a feline sidekick called Spot.

In a statement picked up by Variety, producers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson said "We could not be happier that Eddie Murphy will star as Phooey. There is no overstating his contributions to cinema, and to such enduring stars of family entertainments such as Shrek and Dr. Dolittle."

Murphy will next be seen as Slide in the upcoming heist caper Tower Heist from director Brett Ratner on November 4 alongside Ben Stiller.

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