Kevin Hart: One of the hottest stand-up comics in the country right now, Hart is also coming off a big hit film with Think Like a Man. He’s also said to be a personal favorite of Murphy’s. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images For BET)
Brandon T. Jackson: After stealing big screen laughs from the likes of Ben Stiller, Jack Black (in Tropic Thunder), and Martin Lawrence (in Big Momma’s House 3), this young actor seems ready for this moment in the spotlight. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Jay Pharoah: This Saturday Night Live castmember has impressed with uncanny impressions of black celebs like Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman and, yes, Eddie Murphy. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Affion Crockett: Now that this expert impersonator’s sketch show was prematurely canceled by Fox, he’s free to bring his wit to the role Eddie Murphy (another gifted mimic) made famous.
Dave Chappelle: It will probably never happen, and this comic legend’s stoner sensibility may be all wrong for the character. But we just miss this dude. So why not? (Photo by Larry Marano/WireImage)
Chris Tucker: This guy basically has made a living playing a version of the Axel Foley character in the Rush Hour movies, so taking on this role wouldn’t be a stretch. Plus, something has to cover all those unpaid taxes. (Getty Images)
Mike Epps: This uproarious comic actor has been cracking us up for years and in the musical Sparkle he showed he also has real dramatic range. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Donald Glover: This quirky comic actor (Community) and part-time rapper (Childish Gambino) would bring an alternative, even emo, style to the role, which could be revelatory. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Chris Rock: The veteran comedian is simply one the greatest stand ups of all time. His big screen career has been on the decline and he could use a fun role like this to recapture his former glory.
Damon Wayans Jr: This up-and-coming actor has finally stepped out of his famous father’s shadow with his breakout role on ABC’s Happy Endings. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)