Coming 2 America

a/k/a Coming to America 2

Release Date:  12/18/2020; In Theaters
Genre:   Comedy
Rating:  NR
Director:  Craig Brewer
Studio(s):   Paramount Pictures
Running Time:  TBA

Cast:  Eddie Murphy (Akeem), James Earl Jones (Jaffe Joffer), Shari Headley (Lisa), Arsenio Hall (Semmi),  Wesley Snipes, Teyana Taylor, Michael Blackson, Leslie Jones, KiKi Layne, Jermaine Fowler, John Amos, Rick Ross.

Story:   Eddie Murphy is poised to reprise his role as Akeem, the pampered African prince who became bored of potential marriage partners in a kingdom too in awe of him, and who traveled to Queens to go undercover and find a strong-willed woman he could respect.

In the sequel, Akeem learns about a long-lost son, and must return to America to meet the unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda.  Source:  Deadline.

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Updated 9/9/19:    Entertainment Weekly reported that a whole heap of actors are coming to Coming to America. The sequel to the 1988 comedy — known as Coming 2 America, naturally — has added Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Kiki Layne, and rapper Rick Ross to the cast. Additionally, original cast members James Earl Jones and Paul Bates are returning, joining Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall, who will reprise their (primary) roles from the original film.

Snipes will play a new character named General Izzi, who rules a neighboring country to Zamunda, homeland of Murphy’s Prince Akeem. Layne will play Akeem’s daughter, and Leslie Jones’ role is being kept under wraps. James Earl Jones, of course, will reprise his role as Akeem’s father, King Jaffe Joffer, with Bates as royal servant Oha.

The beloved original film follows Akeem as he travels from his African kingdom to Queens, New York, hoping to find himself a queen there. In the sequel, Akeem is about to become king when he discovers he has a long-lost son in Queens. Honoring his father’s dying wish to groom this son as the crowned prince, Akeem sets off to find him.

Update 8/10/19:  According to Complex.com, John Amos has reportedly signed on for the Coming to America sequel, a gig that will reunite him with original cast members Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Paul Bates, and James Earl Jones.  The 79-year-old actor is set to reprise his role as Cleo McDowell, the owner of the McDowell’s fast-food joint where Prince Akeem (Murphy) was employed. His character was also the father of Lisa McDowell (Shari Headley), Akeem’s love interest in the film.

The original 1988 film followed the character of Prince Akeem as he traveled to Queens to escape an arranged marriage and find true love. The second installment will find Akeem as he prepares to become king of the fictional Zamunda; however, his plans are derailed after he learns about his long-lost son back in the U.S.  Coming 2 America will be directed by Craig Brewer and written by Kenya Barris. In addition to the aforementioned cast members, the film will reportedly star Wesley Snipes, Teyana Taylor, Michael Blackson, Leslie Jones, KiKi Layne, and Jermaine Fowler.  Source:  Complex.com.

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