Grady Smith
August 10, 2011 AT 09:50 PM EDT

Eddie Murphy will voice the lead character, Penry, in Alcon Entertainment’s live-action/animated adaptation Hong Kong Phooey, which is based on the 1970s Hanna Barbera cartoon of the same name.

According to a release, the story follows “a mild-mannered dog named Penry [who] stumbles into a mystic ceremony and is accidentally granted mystic powers, including the ability to walk, talk, and do kung fu. Under the tutelage of his kung fu master, Penry dons a costume and becomes Hong Kong Phooey, and with the help of his trusting sidekick Spot the cat cleans up a rogues gallery of wacky criminals.”

Murphy is no stranger to the world of voice acting. The actor voiced Donkey in all four Shrek movies, and he played the wise-cracking dragon, Mushu, in Disney’s Mulan

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