Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish) and Jillian Bell (Brittany Runs A Marathon) have each joined the cast of Candy Cane Lane, a festive comedy in development at Amazon Prime Video with Eddie Murphy set to star.
The film is the first being made under Murphy and Amazon’s new first-look, three-picture deal. Reginald Hudlin (Sidney, House Party) is directing from a script written by Kelly Younger and based on her own childhood holiday experiences. Further plot details are under wraps, but filming will be taking place this winter in Los Angeles.
Murphy will produce the film alongside Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, which will mark the seventh collaboration between the two. They previously worked together on Boomerang, The Nutty Professor, and Bowfinger.
Ross is best known for her TV work, having appeared as a series regular on Girlfriends, Black-ish, and Reed Between The Lines. She hasn’t done that many films in her career, but did star alongside Dakota Johnson in 2020’s The High Note and is currently working on an adaptation of 2001 novel Erasure.
Bell has been seen in shows such as Workaholics, Eastbound & Down, Portlandia, and Curb Your Enthusiasm, while previously collaborating with Amazon on comedy Brittany Runs A Marathon. She’ll next be seen in Charlie Day‘s directorial debut El Tonto, Adam Sandler Netflix sequel Murder Mystery 2, and comedy Reunion alongside Billy Magnussen and Lil Rel Howery.
Murphy’s only other project in development right now is Kenya Barris‘ ensemble comedy You People, which was co-written with Jonah Hill. Despite Murphy’s Amazon deal, that film will actually be released on Netflix; Murphy had already signed on to shoot it alongside names such as Julia Louis-Dreyfus, David Duchovny, and Deon Cole.
That is expected to arrive sometime later this year.