Actor Eddie Murphy attends the premiere of Paramount Pictures' “HERCULES” at TCL Chinese Theatre on July 23, 2014 in Hollywood, California

Actor Eddie Murphy attends the premiere of Paramount Pictures’ “HERCULES” at TCL Chinese Theatre on July 23, 2014 in Hollywood, California

*Eddie Murphy has been tapped to replace Samuel L. Jackson in an upcoming drama titled “Cook.”

The comedian will play a chef hired by a dying man to prepare meals for his girlfriend and daughter after he passes away.

Jackson was tapped for the lead but had to drop out due to “scheduling conflicts,” according to Empire.

“Driving Miss Daisy” director Bruce Beresford will direct the drama, which begins shooting next month.  Susan McMartin (“Californication”) wrote the script, and Mark Canton (“300,” “Immortals,” “Escape Plan”) is among the producers.

Empire reports:

Canton likens Cook on some level to Jennifer Aniston drama “Cake,” which recently premiered at TIFF and called on its star to go out on something of an acting limb. “Cake startled people because Jen gained a lot of weight and cut her hair and has a lot of scars and it’s a serious drama,” he explains. “’Cook’ is another one. Everyone now wants to do what Matt McConaughey did, so we’re financing these movies when we think they’re put together the right way. This will be Eddie Murphy like you’ve never seen him. Of that I can assure you.”