'Coming 2 America': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and everything you need to know about the hit sequel starring Eddie Murphy
The prince is in the house. Eddie Murphy is back to play the legendary role of African prince Akeem in the upcoming movie 'Coming 2 America' which will be the sequel of the hit movie 'Coming to America'. After over 30 years, the sequel of the popular movie will finally become a reality. Featuring a star-studded ensemble with Eddie Murphy at the helm, and the likes of Leslie Jones, Rick Ross, and Wesley Snipes, the movie already has us all waiting for its release.
'Coming 2 America' is slated to release in theatres on December 18, 2020.
Set in the fictional African kingdom of Zamunda, the movie follows the crown prince, Prince Akeem. In the prequel, 'Coming to America', we saw Akeem (Eddie Murphy) breaking off his engagement and moving to America in search of true love. He falls in love with Lisa McDowell (Shari Headley) and eventually marries her.
The sequel begins with Akeem set to becoming the King of Zamunda when he discovers that he has a secret son in America. In order to honor his father's dying wish to groom his son as the crown prince of the kingdom, Akeem and his best friend Semmi (Arsenio Hall) go back to the USA, in search of the mysterious son.
Many of the original cast members have been roped in for the sequel, along with other stars for the new roles in the sequel.
Eddie Murphy plays the role of Prince Akeem, the crown prince of the wealthy African kingdom of Zamunda. After growing tired of his cushy lifestyle, he decides to shake things up. When his parents present him with an arranged-bride-to-be, he breaks off the engagement with her and moves to Queens, New York, in search of finding a woman who is in love with him and not his title.
He assumes a new identity and starts a new life as a struggling exchange student. He eventually falls in love with Lisa and marries her. Eddie has won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of soul singer James "Thunder" Early in Dreamgirls. His other notable works include 'The Nutty Professor', 'Dr. Dolittle', and 'Harlem Nights'.
Arsenia plays the role of Semmi, Akeem's friend and aide. He accompanies Akeem on his journey to the USA to find love. Arsenia will be returning to his role in the sequel. Arsenio became extremely popular for hosting his late-night talk show, 'The Arsenio Hall Show' which ran from 1989 to 1994, and again returned briefly between 2013-14.
Wesley Snipes has been roped in to play the role of General Izzi, ruler of a nation that neighbors the fictional Zamunda. Shari Headley will be returning to play her role as Lisa McDowell. Leslie Jones, Jermaine Fowler, and Kiki Layne will also be starring although details of their roles haven't been disclosed.
Craig Brewer will be directing the film. The director has worked with Eddie Murphy and Wesley Snipes in 'Dolemite Is My Name'. "After many years of anticipation, I'm thrilled that 'Coming to America 2' is officially moving forward," Murphy said in a statement last year. "We've assembled a great team that will be led by Craig Brewer, who just did an amazing job on 'Dolemite', and I'm looking forward to bringing all these classic and beloved characters back to the big screen." Kenya Barris, the creator of 'Black-ish', rewrote a screenplay by original movie writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield.
The official trailer of the film hasn't been released yet. Keep watching this space for further updates.
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