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'A Thousand Words' Trailer: Eddie Murphy Struggles to Get What He Wants (Video)

The delayed Paramount comedy hits theaters the same day "The Hunger Games" will debut at the box office.

A Thousand Words - Screen Capture - 2011
"A Thousand Words"

Just one day after Eddie Murphy departed as Oscars host, the teaser trailer for his delayed comedy A Thousand Words debuts.

The Paramount/DreamWorks film, set to be released March 23, 2012 (the same day Lionsgate's long-awaited Hunger Games adaptation hits theaters and after getting pushed back from a Jan. 13 date), sees Murphy playing Jack, a guy who will do anything to get what he wants (i.e. faking a birth via phone to get to the front of the line at a busy coffeeshop).

But when he promises to publish someone's book, he's way in over his head; in fact, when he talks, all the leaves fall off a magical tree, threatening his very existence on Earth until he has only a finite number of words left before his death, hence the title.

Clark Duke, Kerry Washington, Justina Machado and Jack McBrayer co-star in the Brian Robbins-directed film.

Watch the trailer below: