Eddie Murphy has been pictured on the set of Coming To America 2, alongside co-stars Arsenio Hall and Paul Bates, giving us our first look at the return of Prince Akeem.
The former SNL star first starred in the original classic Coming To America in 1988 where he also served as a creator and is now credited with the same for the sequel. Murphy was just 27 at the time that first film came out, but 31 years later, Eddie is back wearing that same NYC cap and jacket he sported in the original.
Returning from the original are Shari Headley as Lisa McDowell, the love interest of Murphy’s Akeem, James Earl Jones as Jaffe Joffer, Akeem’s father, John Amos as Cleo McDowell, Lisa’s father, and Vanessa Bell Calloway as Imani Izzi.
New cast members coming aboard for the sequel include Leslie Jones, who recently left SNL, Wesley Snipes, Kiki Layne, Tracy Morgan, Jermaine Fowler. Murphy also confirmed that Eriq La Salle will not reprise his iconic Darryl Jenks role.
Some of the cast couldn’t resist a photo opportunity with the Bad Boys 3 cast, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, which is filming at the same studios in Atlanta.
Will Smith posted this to his Instagram –
The original movie earned $128.1 million at the domestic box office, good for the third highest-grossing movie of 1988, behind Who Framed Roger Rabbit? ($156.4 million) and Best Picture winner Rain Man ($172.8 million). It earned more than $288 million worldwide.
Craig Brewer (Hustle And Flow) is directing from a screenplay by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, with Paramount setting a December 18, 2020 release date.
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Murphy is bringing back another of his famous characters when filming wraps on Coming To America. He said-
“Yeah, that’s what we’re doing after Coming To America.”
“We’re doing Beverly Hills Cop and then the plan is to get back on stage and do stand-up. That’s what I’ll be doing mostly is stand-up.”
And it was recently announced that Eddie would be the guest host for Saturday Night Live’s Christmas episode on December 21.
Coming To America 2 is set to be released in 2020.