FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2011 file image released by NBC, actor Eddie Murphy appears on the "Today" show to promote his new movie "Tower Heist" in New York. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, that Murphy has withdrawn as host of the 84th Academy Awards. On Wednesday, Brett Ratner stepped down as producer of the show. (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer, file)
December 9, 2011 6:21:23 PM PST
WASHINGTON (AP) - December 9, 2011 --
Eddie Murphy may soon star in a more serious role, playing former Washington Mayor Marion Barry in a new HBO film project.