Britt Robertson and Natascha McElhone co-star
Eddie Murphy Returns to the Silver Screen in Bruce Beresford’s Emotional Drama
Art and Experience: Eddie Murphy is returning to the silver screen for the first time in four years. His leading role in “Mr. Church” is his first since 2012’s “A Thousand Words,” with the actor joined by Britt Robertson and Natascha McElhone in Bruce Beresford’s drama based on screenwriter Susan McMartin’s own life. Watch its first trailer, which first premiered on Entertainment Weekly, below.
“Henry Joseph Church could have been anything he wanted,” Robertson narrates in the opening seconds. “He chose to cook.” McElhone plays Robertson’s single mother, who’s ill and not long for this world; from there we see the cook become a father figure to the girl over the course of several years beginning in 1970s Los Angeles.
Beresford is likewise making a return to feature films after an extended absence; his best-known works include “Breaker Morant,” “Tender Mercies” and “Driving Miss Daisy.” “Mr. Church” had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year and will be released theatrically on September 16 courtesy of Cinelou.