Coming 2 America: Everything You Need to Know
In 1988 Eddie Murphy reteamed with his TRADING PLACES director, John Landis, for a movie that would chart the future of Murphy's movie career: COMING TO AMERICA. Fresh off the vulgar concert film RAW and the sequel to BEVERLY HILLS COP, this was a more gently funny movie that injected slapstick into the romcom formula.
Now Eddie Murphy is getting ready to wear the crown of Zamunda again. He and co-star Arsenio Hall, together with the original writers and a brilliant new director, are almost ready to debut COMING 2 AMERICA. The story picks up decades after the original, as you'd expect, with many returning characters and a twist that brings Murphy's character back to the United States. Here's everything we know about COMING 2 AMERICA.
The Coming 2 America Release Date
Despite many movies changing their release dates in 2020, COMING 2 AMERICA has remained set for the same release date: December 18. That will be one of the few crowded movie release weekends of the year, as it turns out, as Denis Villeneuve’s new version of DUNE and Steven Spielberg’s remake of WEST SIDE STORY both open on that day, too.
Is There a Coming 2 America Trailer?
There's no COMING 2 AMERICA trailer yet! As with many other 2020 movies, chances are good that a trailer has been edited and is awaiting release, but without open theatres to show it, the studio is waiting to debut the footage.
As a substitute, and for those who have never seen the original movie, here's the original trailer for COMING TO AMERICA.
What's the Story in Coming 2 America?
In the original movie, Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) traveled from his home country, Zamunda, to America, in order to avoid an arranged marriage and find a bride who will love him for his own qualities. Accompanied by his friend and assistant Semmi (Arsenio Hall), Akeem poses as the son of a poor goat herder, rents a lousy Queens basement apartment, and takes an entry-level job at McDowells, which is just barely different from McDonald's.
Akeem doesn't choose that job at random. McDowell's is owned by Cleo McDowell (John Amos), whose daughter Lisa (Shari Headley) is exactly the sort of woman Akeem hopes to marry. To make a long story short (here's where we tell you to watch the movie if you haven't ever seen it) Akeem and Lisa manage to leap over many potential relationship hurdles, to live happily ever after.
Or so it seems. In COMING 2 AMERICA, Akeem learns of a long-lost son living in America, and heads back to the States in order to find him — and let him know he's the crown prince of Zamunda.
That leads to questions. Is this Akeem's son with Lisa? If so, how did he become lost? If not, who is the mother? Does he want to be a Prince? Will Eddie Murphy play multiple roles — in fact, does Eddie Murphy play his own son in this movie? (Probably not.)
Eddie Murphy and the Coming 2 America Cast
Sequels don't always act as reunions for the cast of the movies they follow, but COMING 2 AMERICA brings together many key players from the original movie. In addition to Murphy and Hall, the new comedy features Shari Headley, who plays Lisa, the woman Akeem married. John Amos returns as her father Cleo, while James Earl Jones reprises the role of King Jaffe Joffer, Akeem's father and his predecessor as the King of Zamunda. (Madge Sinclair, who played Akeem's mother in the original movie, passed away in 1995.)
The cast also features new additions such as Tracy Morgan, Wesley Snipes, Jermaine Fowler, and Leslie Jones.
As mentioned just above, in COMING TO AMERICA both Murphy and Hall played four roles each — this was the first movie where Murphy took that approach, and it became a cornerstone of his approach to comedy movies in the 1990s and 2000s. We don't know if Murphy and Hall will once again play additional roles.
The Coming 2 America Filmmakers
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One of the most exciting things about COMING 2 AMERICA is that it is directed by Craig Brewer, who last made DOLEMITE IS MY NAME, also starring Eddie Murphy (above). That movie featured one of Murphy's best-ever performances, as struggling comedian Rudy Ray Moore, who found success with an exaggerated character called Dolemite — and then became an independent filmmaker to bring Dolemite to the big screen.
COMING 2 AMERICA is written by David Sheffield and Barry W. Blaustein, who also wrote the original movie, with "Black-Ish" creator Kenya Barris. So you know the sequel will have the feeling of the original movie, but with a little update courtesy of Barris!
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