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Amazon Prime took to Twitter and posted a first-look pic showing Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall reunited in Coming 2 America.
Coming To America hit theaters in 1988, at a time when Murphy was at the peak of his comedic powers. There has been chat regarding a sequel for decades, but Murphy wasn’t ready to revive Prince Akeem until now.
Here’s the tweet –
If lightning doesn't strike twice, then explain this. pic.twitter.com/k6qsTY7imQ
— Prime Video (@PrimeVideo) December 17, 2020
This sequel has Murphy reteamed with Dolemite Is My Name director, Craig Brewer. In a recent interview, Brewer teased what fans can expect –
“It’s 30 years later and Prince Akeem is preparing for life as a king. Without me giving away too much, there’s trouble on the horizon with a neighboring country because of something Akeem did or did not do in the first movie. And he finds out that he has a son in America that he did not know he had. He has three daughters with Lisa and now there’s this blended family that is happening. Prince Akeem now needs to be a king and have children of his own and find out how to rule his kingdom with these old laws. He’s got some problems he’s got to figure out and he’s got a little bit more depth in this particular one. Not to take away from the original, because we never will.”
Brewer also believes that fans of the original are going to love the Amazon Prime sequel, though it isn’t necessarily all about the laughs for him –
“The conversations that Eddie and I were having was just about, where does Coming To America sit in people’s hearts?”
“People will shout on the streets to us, like, ‘Is Cleo [Amos] going to be in? McDowell’s better be in it or there’s going to be trouble!’ So you’re going to get everyone’s opinions towards what it is, but we needed to get down to the essence of what’s going to bring people into this movie – in addition to the comedy.”
In addition to Murphy and Hall, Coming 2 America also stars Shari Headley, Paul Bates, John Amos, and James Earl Jones, who are all reprising their roles from the first movie. Newcomers to the cast include KiKi Layne, Tracy Morgan, Rick Ross, and Wesley Snipes.
You can check out all of the first images from Coming 2 America thanks to the official Amazon Studios Twitter. LMO will post the trailer as soon as it is released.