The 2022 holiday movie season may be winding down, but the 2023 version is already taking shape: Award-winning actor, producer and CEO Tracee Ellis Ross teams up with Eddie Murphy for the holiday comedy “Candy Cane Lane.”
Directed by Reginald Hudlin, the Amazon Studios-produced movie is currently filming in Los Angeles with a script by Kelly Younger, inspired by her own childhood vacation experiences. The project will mark the first time the two comedians will share the screen, though the specifics of Ross’ role, like all plot details, are being kept under wraps.
News of the project comes after Ross ended his critically-acclaimed run as star and producer of ABC’s “Black-ish” last spring. For eight seasons, Ross starred as Rainbow Johnson on the family comedy, winning a Golden Globe and six NAACP Image Awards, as well as five Primetime Emmys and two Critics’ Choice nominations. Two of the actor’s other three NAACP Image Awards came for her portrayal of Joan Clayton in “Girlfriends.”
Since closing the book on “Black-ish,” Ross has executive produced the Onyx Collective-Hulu docuseries “The Here Tales” and the upcoming podcast series “I Am America,” which will “feature stories about the hidden angels in America.” On the film side, he recently starred in 2020’s “The High Note” and is next set to appear opposite Jeffrey Wright in MG-winner Cord Jefferson’s untitled feature directorial debut for MGM’s Orion Pictures.
Ross is represented by UTA, Artists First, ID and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Keller, Gelman, Meigs and Fox.
“Candy Cane Lane” is Murphy’s first three-picture project, with a first-look deal with Amazon Studios signed in 2021 following the successful launch of “Coming 2 America” on Prime Video. The comedy also reunites the team behind the 1992 hit “Boomerang” — which starred Murphy and was directed by Hudlin with Grazer producing — and marks Murphy and Grazer’s seventh feature collaboration. The duo produced alongside Charisse Hewitt-Webster and Karen Lunder for Eddie Murphy Productions and Imagine Entertainment, respectively.