Coming 2 America

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Coming 2 America
Coming 2 America release poster.jpg
Official release poster
Directed byCraig Brewer
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Barry W. Blaustein
  • David Sheffield
  • Justin Kanew
Based onCharacters
by Eddie Murphy
Starring
Music byJermaine Stegall
CinematographyJoe Williams
Edited by
  • David S. Clark
  • Billy Fox
Production
companies
Distributed byAmazon Studios
Release date
  • March 5, 2021 (2021-03-05) (United States)
Running time
104 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Coming 2 America is an upcoming American comedy film directed by Craig Brewer, from a screenplay by Kenya Barris, Barry W. Blaustein, and David Sheffield, and a story by Blaustein, Sheffield, and Justin Kanew, based on characters created by Eddie Murphy.[3] It is the second installment in the Coming to America film series, and serves as a sequel to the original 1988 film. The film stars Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, KiKi Layne, Shari Headley, Teyana Taylor, Wesley Snipes, and James Earl Jones.[4]

Originally to be theatrically released by Paramount Pictures, the film's distribution rights were sold to Amazon Studios due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[5] Amazon is set to release it digitally on Prime Video on March 5, 2021.[6][1]

Premise[edit]

Set after the events of the first film, the sequel follows former Prince Akeem Joffer (Eddie Murphy) as he is set to become King of Zamunda. He discovers he has a son he never knew about in America – a street savvy Queens native named Lavelle (Jermaine Fowler). Honoring his royal father's (James Earl Jones) dying wish to groom this son as the crown prince, Akeem and Semmi (Arsenio Hall) set off to America once again.[7]

Cast[edit]

  • Eddie Murphy as Prince / King Akeem Joffer, whom is crowned king of Zamunda.
    • Murphy also plays Randy Watson, a soul singer with the fictional band Sexual Chocolate, as well as Mr. Clarence, the local barber, and Saul, the Jewish barbershop customer.
  • Arsenio Hall as Semmi, Akeem's best friend and aide.
    • Hall also plays Reverend Brown, a reverend of the church,[8] as well as Mr. Clarence's right hand barber, Morris, and Baba, a witch doctor.[9]
  • Jermaine Fowler as Lavelle Junson, Akeem's and Mary's son.[10]
  • Leslie Jones as Mary Junson, Lavelle's mother.[11][12]
  • Tracy Morgan as Reem Junson, Lavelle's uncle.[13]
  • KiKi Layne as Princess Meeka Joffer, Akeem's and Lisa's first daughter. She is ineligible to take over the throne of Zamunda since it has to be a male heir.[14]
  • Shari Headley as Queen Lisa Joffer, Akeem's wife whom he fell in love with during his first trip to America.
  • Wesley Snipes as General Izzi,[15] Imani's older brother and leader of Nextdoria.[16][17]
  • Teyana Taylor as Bopoto Izzi, General Izzi's daughter.[18]
  • James Earl Jones as King Jaffe Joffer, Akeem's ailing father and the King of Zamunda.
  • John Amos as Cleo McDowell, Akeem's former employer and father-in-law and Lisa's father.
  • Bella Murphy as Princess Omma Joffer, Akeem's and Lisa's second daughter.[19][20]
  • Akiley Love as Princess Tinashe Joffer, Akeem's and Lisa's third daughter.[21]
  • Rotimi as Idi Izzi, General Izzi's son and the Prince of Nextdoria.[7][22]
  • Vanessa Bell Calloway as Imani Izzi, General Izzi's younger sister and Akeem's former intended bride.
  • Paul Bates as Oha, a longtime royal servant.[23]
  • Clint Smith as Sweets, a barber.[24]
  • Nomzamo Mbatha as Mirembe, a royal groomer and Lavelle's love interest.[25]
  • Louie Anderson as Maurice, a mid-level employee at McDowell's restaurant.
  • Rick Ross as Himself.
  • Davido as Himself.[26]
  • Garcelle Beauvais as a royal rose bearer.
  • Morgan Freeman[27]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In January 2017, an announcement was publicized which addressed the impending production of a sequel to the original film, Coming to America. Kevin Misher was named as producer, and David Sheffield and Barry W. Blaustein, the original screenwriters, were also attached to the project. However, a possible participation of lead actors Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall was left undefined.[28]

Casting[edit]

On January 11, 2019, it was announced that the sequel will be moving forward with Murphy reprising his role, and Craig Brewer as director (having previously worked with Murphy on the Netflix film Dolemite Is My Name).[29] Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, John Amos, Paul Bates, and James Earl Jones were expected to return for the sequel as well.[23] Wesley Snipes signed on for a role in the film. Leslie Jones and rapper Rick Ross also joined the cast in undisclosed roles.[30][31][32]

On June 18, 2019, Jermaine Fowler was cast in the film in a starring role.[33] On August 12, 2019, it was confirmed that Shari Headley will reprise her role as love interest Lisa McDowell.[34] On August 21, 2019, Nomzamo Mbatha,[35] Tracy Morgan, KiKi Layne, Luenell, Rotimi, Teyana Taylor, and Michael Blackson were added to the cast, alongside returning actors Louie Anderson, Vanessa Bell Calloway, and Garcelle Beauvais.[7][36] Madge Sinclair, who played Akeem's mother Queen Aoleon in the original film, died in December 1995; her character was not recast. In September 2019, Davido had been cast in a cameo role in the film.[26][37][38] In October 2019, Samuel L. Jackson, who briefly appeared in the original film, was confirmed to not be reprising his role in the sequel due to scheduling conflicts.[39] Murphy said that if Jackson had been available for the cameo, his character would be again featured robbing the McDowells restaurant.[40] In December 2019, Morgan Freeman and Bella Murphy were cast in undisclosed roles.[19][27] In October 2019, Eriq La Salle stated that he will not reprise his role of Darryl Jenks from the original film due to scheduling conflicts.[41] In February 2021, Murphy stated that if the character of Darryl Jenks had returned, there could have been a romance with Patrice McDowell (portrayed by Allison Dean) due to the events at the end of the original film.[42]

Filming[edit]

On August 17, 2019, filming officially began in Atlanta, Georgia. Rick Ross confirmed during the same month that his Georgia mega mansion will be used as a location in the film.[43][44][45] On October 1, 2019, in an interview with Collider, Murphy confirmed that production on Beverly Hills Cop IV will commence after the filming of Coming 2 America has wrapped.[46] Filming officially wrapped on November 9, 2019.[47] Due to his age, James Earl Jones did not travel to the set or film his scenes with Murphy. His scenes were edited in during post-production.[48]

Music[edit]

The original motion picture soundtrack will be released through Def Jam Recordings on March 5, 2021.[49] In February 2021, Bobby Sessions and Megan Thee Stallion released "I'm A King" as its lead single.[50]

Release[edit]

Coming 2 America is scheduled to be released by Prime Video on March 5, 2021. The film was initially scheduled to be theatrically released by Paramount Pictures on August 7, 2020,[51] but was pushed back to December 18, 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic began.[52][53][54] On October 13, 2020, Amazon Studios acquired the distribution rights to the film for $125 million, and scheduled a digital release on Prime Video for March 5, 2021.[1]

Sequel[edit]

Murphy said there could be a Coming to America 3 when he turns 75, which will be 16 years after the release of Coming 2 America.[55]

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