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Eddie Murphy’s ‘Candy Can Lane’ features Robin Thede, Nick Offerman

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An all-star ensemble is quickly taking shape for Eddie Murphy’s “Candy Cane Lane,” with six more players joining.

Comedy veterans Robin Thede (“A Black Lady Sketch Show”), Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation,” “The Last of Us”) and Chris Redd (“Saturday Night Live,” “Bust Down”), plus rising talent Xenia Walton (“#BlackAF,” “The Resident”), Madison Thomas (“9-1-1”) and Thaddeus J. Mixson (“Reasonable Doubt,” “Creed III”) Murphy, Tracy Sign on for Holiday Movie Alice Ross and Jillian Bell.

“Candy Cane Lane” is directed by Reginald Hudlin, who reunites with Murphy and producer Brian Grazer after their 1992 hit rom-com “Boomerang.”

While the movie boasts of an impressive comedic tone, few details about its plot have been revealed. The screenplay comes from Kelly Younger, inspired by her own childhood holiday experiences. The movie is set to stream on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide as the first of Murphy’s three-picture, first-look deal with Amazon Studios.

Thade is best known for creating HBO’s Emmy-winning sketch comedy series “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” for which he also serves as showrunner, executive producer, writer and star. In 2022, the critically acclaimed series was renewed for a fourth season, and Thade signed a multi-year overall deal with HBO, HBO Max and Warner Bros. The five-time Emmy nominee has ties to Amazon Studios, where his upcoming horror-comedy “Killing It” is in development.

After seven seasons on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” Offerman most recently appeared on Hulu’s “Pam & Tommy,” Fox’s “The Great North,” FX’s “Daves,” Prime Video’s “A League of Their Own,” and NBC’s “Making Acted in “It”. ,” where he serves as co-host and executive producer. He will next be seen in HBO’s “The Last of Us.” Also a humorist, woodworker and five-time New York Times bestselling author, Offerman’s latest book, “Where the Deer and the Antelope Play,” was published in 2021.

Redd is the co-creator, writer and star of Peacock’s “Bust Down,” following a five-season stint on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” where he won an Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. Red’s first one-hour comedy special “Why Do I Like It?” It debuted on HBO Max in November.

Walton’s budding television career includes credits as a series regular on Netflix’s “#BlackAF” and “Project MC2” and Fox’s “The Resident” and “Derby and the Dead” on Hulu. He will next be seen in the final season of Netflix’s “Never Have I Ever” as well as the upcoming indie film “Flycatcher”.

Meanwhile, Thomas is best known for his work on the FOX series “9-1-1” and “LA to Vegas,” as well as the Peacock television special “Would It Kill You to Laugh?” From John Early and Kate Berlant.

Mixson recently appeared in Hulu’s “Reasonable Doubt” as well as the Disney+ movie “Safety”. Mixson was awarded the Best Young Artist Award at the 2021 AFIN International Film Festival for “South of Heaven.” He will next be seen in MGM’s “Creed III”.

Genia Walton, Madison Thomas, and Thaddeus J. Mixon

Thede is represented by WME, ID and Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole; Offerman is repped by UTA; and Redd by Artists First, CAA, WME, Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham and imprint.

Walton is repped by Artistic Endeavors, A3 Artists Agency and Dale Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein Lezcano Bob & Dang; Thomas is repped by Coast to Coast Talent Group, Brilliant Talent Management and attorney Carolyn Conrad; and Mixson’s Bill Perlman and Darcy Price of Foundation Media Partners and Paradigm Talent.

“Candy Cane Lane” is produced by Murphy and Charis Hewitt-Webster for Eddie Murphy Productions alongside Grazer and Karen Lunder of Imagine Entertainment. The project is currently filming in Los Angeles and is part of the California Film and Television Tax Credit Program.

In December, Amazon revealed that the movie will first shoot on Stage 15, the studio’s new virtual production stage, which combines the two former stages with an LED volume wall that’s 80 feet in diameter and 26 feet tall. Over 3,000 LED panels and 100 motion capture cameras. The company also announced the creation of a new Amazon Studios Virtual Production (ASVP) division.

“The ASVP team has been a great collaborator and I’m excited to use this new technology for ‘Candy Cane Lane,'” Hodlin said in a press release. “The advancements in manufacturing and our industry continue to amaze me and the Volume Wall is an impressive innovation for our business. For a production like this, with such a large scope, it’s an invaluable storytelling tool.”

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