It’s been 32 years since Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall starred in John Landis’ iconic comedy Coming to America. Next year, Prince Akeem and his trusty friend Semmi, as well as the rest of the royal family are reuniting in Coming 2 America, which arrives March 5, exclusively on Amazon Prime.
This time around, while Akeem prepares to become king, he learns that he fathered a son (played by comedian Jermaine Fowler) with a local woman, Lavelle, played by SNL alumni Leslie Jones. Joining Fowler and Jones as newcomers to the series are KiKi Layne, Tracy Morgan, rapper Rick Ross, and Wesley Snipes. Returning to Queens we have Coming to America alums Shari Headley, Paul Bates, John Amos, Louis Anderson, and James Earl Jones.
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“I’;m a kid of the ‘80s, and so that means I’m a student of Eddie Murphy,” director Craig Brewer told EW. Brewer, who had previously worked with Murphy on Netflix’s Dolemite Is My Name, explained the importance of Murphy’s impact on pop culture and what he meant personally to him growing up.