As first reported by THR, comedians Tracy Morgan and Leslie Jones have joined the cast of Eddie Murphy’s Coming To America.
The original film released in 1988. It followed the adventures of Prince Akeem, played by Murphy, as he traveled to the United States in search of a wife. Flanked by his loyal friend Semmi, played by Arsenio Hall, Akeem finds love in Queens, New York with Lisa McDowell. The wacky tale sees Akeem working to earn the respect of Lisa’s father while trying to pray her away from her current boyfriend.
The sequel will focus on Akeem again. This time he returns to Queens in search of an estranged son, Lavelle. Additionally, Akeem will work to bring Lavelle back home to the fictional African nation of Zamunda.
Morgan will play Lavelle’s hustler brother Reem. Joining Morgan is another SNL veteran, Leslie Jones. Jones has been cast as the mother of Lavelle.
Wesley Snipes and James Earl Jones have also been cast in the film with Murphy returning to reprise the role of Akeem. The original film also saw Murphy and Hall portraying multiple side characters in a barbershop, something Murphy has been prone to deal in his films.
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Coming to America 2 will release Dec. 18, 2020.