They are back and Akeem and Semmi are once again Coming to America…or shall we say, Coming 2 America!
A few months after it was announced that a sequel to the hit 1988 film Coming to America was in the works, Eddie Murphy had already signed to return in the role of Akeem, Prince of Zamunda. It was also announced that Craig Brewer would take over as director and that black-ish creator Kenya Barris would be co-writing the film.
It has been announced that original cast members Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, Paul Bates, and John Amos have officially signed on to return to their signature roles from the first film. Hall will return as Semmi, Akeem’s servant/best friend. Jones returns as King Jaffe Joffer, Akeem’s father. Headley will return as Lisa, Akeem’s love interest whom he marries in the finale, making her Princess Lisa. Bates returns as Oha, the royal servant to the family. Amos returns as Cleo McDowell, Lisa’s father.
New actors joining the originals are Jermaine Fowler as Lavelle, a street hustler who is revealed to be Akeem’s long lost son and the next Crown Prince of Zamunda. Kiki Layne and Leslie Jones are joining in unspecified roles while it was announced that Wesley Snipes will join the cast as a character named General Izzi, who one can theorize is the brother of Imani Izzi, the woman Akeem was supposed to have married in the original film.
The film will revolve around Akeem having to return to America to find Lavelle as King Jaffe Joffer’s dying wish is for Akeem to prepare the Crown Prince of Zamunda with Akeem set to take over the throne.
Shooting is set to begin soon with an August 7, 2020 release date set up by Paramount Pictures.