Eddie Murphy is ready to take audiences to church.
Mr. Church, the Oscar nominee’s first big-screen role since 2012’s A Thousand Words, will open in theaters Sept. 16. The film, which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, will be distributed by Cinelou Releasing.
Directed by Bruce Beresford (Tender Mercies, Driving Miss Daisy), the 1960s drama, which finds the normally funny Murphy in a serious role, is about a strong friendship between a young girl (Britt Robertson, Tomorrowland) and a cook, Henry Church (Murphy), hired to help care for her mother (Natascha McElhone, Californication), who has been diagnosed with cancer. Amazon Prime has already secured exclusive domestic streaming rights for the movie following its DVD release.