Coming 2 America is an upcoming American 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 [[List of fictional African countries#Z|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 (comedian)|Leslie Jones]] as Lavelle’s mother.
* [[Shari Headley]] as Lisa McDowell, Akeem’s wife whom he fell in love with during his first trip to America.
* [[John Amos]] as Cleo McDowell, Akeem’s employer, and Lisa’s father; owner-operator of McDowell’s, a fast-food burger restaurant flirting with trademark infringement against [[McDonald’s]].
* [[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, a mid-level employee at McDowell’s.
* [[Vanessa Bell Calloway]] as Imani Izzi
* [[Rick Ross]] as Himself
* [[Nomzamo Mbatha]]
* [[Garcelle Beauvais]] as Rose bearer
* [[Morgan Freeman]]
* Bella Murphy as Akeem’s daughter<ref name=”AHH” />
* [[KiKi Layne]] as Meeka
* [[Luenell]]
* [[Rotimi (actor)|Rotimi]]
* [[Teyana Taylor]]
* [[Michael Blackson]]

Release date: June 26, 1988 (USA)
Director: John Landis
Box office: 288.8 million USD

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 a producer, and David Sheffield and Barry W. Blaustein, the original screenwriters, were also attached to the project. However, 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.

Madge Sinclair, who played Akeem’s mother Queen Aoleon in the original film, died in 1995; her character will not be recast. In October 2019, there was no indication that Samuel L. Jackson, who made his film debut in a brief cameo role in the original film, was returning in any capacity.


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.

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