And if that news wasn’t great enough, it’s been confirmed that acting legend Wesley Snipes will be joining the cast of the new film as General Izzi, ruler of another fictional African nation located near Prince Akeem’s home of Zamunda.
The announcement that a sequel was in the works was made earlier this year.
Eddie Murphy said of the project:
“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 [Is My Name], and I’m looking forward to bringing all these classic and beloved characters back to the big screen.”
With Snipes being famed for more dramatic roles such as Blade and Sidney Deane in White Men Can’t Jump, it’s exciting to imagine how a more humorous role can compete with the all-powerful comedy god that is Eddie Murphy.
Snipes’ addition to the cast marks the second collaboration with Murphy and Brewer, with the first being Dolemite Is My Name, a biopic of comedian Rudy Ray Moore. Brewer’s resume includes the critically acclaimed 2005 movie Hustle & Flow, which sees a Memphis pimp attempt to make it as a rapper.
Brewer will be working off the script written by Kenya Barris (Black-ish), who said: “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.”
Coming to America 2 will see Prince Akeem return to the States in search of his long-lost son.
Arsenio Hall will reprise his role as the Prince’s trusted confidante Semmi, but will no doubt be starring as a whole host of side characters in heavy makeup to keep us laughing through the scenes.
The addition of Snipes and Brewer to the team is an interesting but welcome choice. The first Coming to America brought to our screens an explosion of everything that made the 80s so memorable – tinnitus-inducing colours, outrageous spit-taking comedy and bonkers dancing that wouldn’t go amiss in a nightclub in Soho after one too many lines of coke … but in an era where political correctness is dominating Hollywood, the pressure is on to see if the sequel lives up to the comedic demands set by the aged yet classic original.
Coming to America 2 is set for release in December 2020, just in time for Christmas. What more could we ask Santa Claus for?
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