Coming 2 America
|Coming 2 America|
|Directed by||Craig Brewer|
|Produced by||Kevin Misher|
|Story by||Eddie Murphy|
Eddie Murphy Productions
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
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. 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.
- Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem Joffer, the prince of Zamunda
- Murphy also plays Randy Watson, a soul singer with the fictional band Sexual Chocolate
- Arsenio Hall as Semmi, Akeem's friend and aide
- Jermaine Fowler as Lavelle, Akeem's son
- Leslie Jones
- Shari Headley as Lisa McDowell, Akeem's wife whom he fell in love with during his first trip to the United States.
- John Amos as Cleo McDowell, Akeem's employer and Lisa's father.
- Tracy Morgan
- Wesley Snipes as General Eazie
- James Earl Jones as King Jaffe Joffer, Akeem's ailing father and King of Zamunda.
- Paul Bates as Oha, a royal servant
- Louie Anderson as Maurice
- Vanessa Bell Calloway as Imani Izzi
- Rick Ross
- Nomzamo Mbatha
- Garcelle Beauvais as Rose bearer
- KiKi Layne as Meeka
- Teyana Taylor
- Michael Blackson
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.
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). Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, John Amos, Paul Bates and James Earl Jones were expected to return for the sequel as well.
Wesley Snipes signed on for a role in the film. Leslie Jones and rapper Rick Ross also joined the cast in undisclosed roles. In August 2019, Nomzamo Mbatha, Jermaine Fowler, 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. On August 12, 2019, it was confirmed that Shari Headley will reprise her role as love interest Lisa McDowell.
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. 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. Filming officially wrapped on November 9, 2019.
Coming 2 America is scheduled to be released on December 18, 2020 in the United States.
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