Coming 2 America

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Coming 2 America
Directed byCraig Brewer
Produced byKevin Misher
Screenplay by
Story byEddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy Productions
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • December 18, 2020 (2020-12-18) (United States)
CountryUnited States

Coming 2 America is an upcoming American romantic comedy film. It will serve as a sequel to Coming to America (1988). The film will be directed by Craig Brewer, from a screenplay by David Sheffield, Barry W. Blaustein, and Kenya Barris, based on characters created by Eddie Murphy.

The film stars Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Shari Headley, John Amos, Tracy Morgan, Wesley Snipes, and James Earl Jones.[1] The film is scheduled to be released on December 18, 2020 in the United States.


Set after the events of the first film, former Prince Akeem Joffer (Eddie Murphy) is set to become King of Zamunda when 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.




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.[7]

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).[8] Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, John Amos, Paul Bates and James Earl Jones were expected to return for the sequel as well.[9]

Wesley Snipes signed on for a role in the film. Leslie Jones and rapper Rick Ross also joined the cast in undisclosed roles.[10][11][12] In August 2019, Nomzamo Mbatha,[13] Jermaine Fowler,[14] 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.[2][15] On August 12, 2019, it was confirmed that Shari Headley will reprise her role as love interest Lisa McDowell.[16]


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.[17][18][19] 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.[20] Filming officially wrapped on November 9, 2019.[21]


Coming 2 America is scheduled to be released on December 18, 2020 in the United States.[22]


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  2. ^ a b Ramos, Dino-Ray (August 22, 2019). "'Coming 2 America' Adds Nomzamo Mbatha and Garcelle Beauvais". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  3. ^ Dick, Jeremy (September 10, 2019). "New Coming 2 America Character Secrets Unveiled by Wesley Snipes". MovieWeb. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
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  8. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (January 11, 2019). "Craig Brewer To Direct Eddie Murphy In 'Coming To America 2' For Paramount". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  9. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (August 7, 2019). "James Earl Jones & Paul Bates Returning For 'Coming To America' Sequel, Rick Ross Also Joining". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  10. ^ Burwick, Kevin (January 11, 2019). "Coming to America 2 Is Officially Happening with Eddie Murphy". MovieWeb. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  11. ^ Jones, Monique (January 11, 2019). "'Coming to America 2' Is Officially In The Works As Sequel Gets A Director And Plot". Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  12. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (January 11, 2019). "'Coming To America 2' Adds Tracy Morgan". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  13. ^ Anderton, Ethan (August 23, 2019). "Sequel Bits: 'Bill & Ted Face the Music', 'Ghostbusters 2020', 'LEGO Jurassic World' & More". /Film. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  14. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (June 18, 2019). "Jermaine Fowler To Star In 'Coming 2 America'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  15. ^ Howard, Joseph (August 21, 2019). "Coming to America 2 Release Date, Cast, Story and Everything to Know". Den of Geek. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  16. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (August 12, 2019). "'Coming 2 America' Sequel: Shari Headley Officially Returning". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  17. ^ Drum, Nicole (August 17, 2019). "Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall Arrive for Coming to America Sequel Filming". Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  18. ^ Williams, Isla (August 17, 2019). "Eddie Murphy can't stop smiling as he arrives in Georgia for Coming To America sequel". Metro. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  19. ^ "Rick Ross confirms his mega mansion will be in 'Coming to America' sequel - and so will he". Miami Herald. November 14, 2019. Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  20. ^ Weintraub, Steve (October 1, 2019). "Eddie Murphy on 'Beverly Hills Cop 4' and Returning to 'Saturday Night Live' in December". Collider. Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  21. ^ "arseniohall: Verified ♥️#Atlanta 🎞#C2A It's a wrap folks! My thanks to our amazing "Coming 2 America", staff and crew! EVERYBODY! From #craftservices to #CraigBrewer! 🎭You make us what we are". Instagram. November 9, 2019. Retrieved November 15, 2019.
  22. ^ Kit, Borys (August 22, 2019). "Nomzamo Mbatha and Garcelle Beauvais Join Eddie Murphy in 'Coming 2 America' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 23, 2019.

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