Will Eddie Murphy Star in ‘Coming To America 2’?
It’s official, the 1988 classic Coming to America, written by and starring Eddie Murphy is finally getting a sequel. The cult classic film followed Prince Akeem (Murphy) a regal and wealthy prince of the fictional African country, Zamunda who decides to try and escape his arranged marriage by heading to Queens, New York to find a bride. Along with his best-friend, Semmi (Arsenio Hall) — Akeem disguises himself as a foreign exchange student and finds work as a fast food worker at McDowell’s restaurant.
Now that we know the sequel to the series is officially happening, what will the movie be about and will Murphy return to reprise his role?
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Murphy will return as Prince Akeem
Murphy is set to return to his classic role as Prince Akeem –though he’s probably going to be a king this time around. Murphy released a statement through Deadline saying, “After many years of anticipation, I’m thrilled that Coming to America 2 is officially moving forward. 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.”
Along with Murphy much of the original cast is also set to return including, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, John Amos, and Shari Headley.
What is Coming to America 2 about?
Coming to America 2 will be written by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and directed by Hustle and Flow filmmaker, Craig Brewer. Brewer has a relationship with Murphy since he just directed the Saturday Night Live alum in the movie, Dolemite Is My Name.
Much of the storyline for Coming to America 2 is under wraps, but we do know that the film will follow Prince Akeem discovering the fact that he has a long lost son. To try and build a relationship with the son he never knew he had –the prince heads to America to try and find him.
Now the heir to Zumunda, the son will have to come to terms with his heritage and learn what being royal is all about. Barris said of the highly anticipated sequel that is over 30 years in the making, “Craig’s ability to create a distinct cinematic world with each of his films is not only impressive, but also what made him exactly the voice and vision we needed to bring this story to life. From Hustle & Flow to his work with Eddie on Dolemite Is My Name, he never fails to blow me away. He is a true auteur, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him on board.”
There is no word on a release date for the film just yet, but we do know that production will probably begin in 2019.
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