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‘Coming To America’ Sequel With Eddie Murphy In The Works

Prince Akeem left the fictional African nation of Zamunda 30 years ago to find a bride in Queens, N.Y. in the iconic movie ‘Coming to America.’ Actor Eddie Murphy, who played the prince, is going back to America as a sequel was announced on Friday.

The Hollywood Reporter said Akeem will return to America seeking his long-lost son. There is no release date, nor has a list of actors been revealed. Production on the project will begin sometime in 2019, per the Hollywood Reporter.

The sequel will be directed by Craig Brewer, who worked on the Netflix movie Dolemite is my Name, and the script is written by Kenya Barris, the creator of black-ish. Murphy will produce the movie, and Barris will act as executive producer.

The 1988 film has unforgettable scenes from Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, John Amos, Eriq La Salle, Madge Sinclair, Shari Headley and a younger Samuel L. Jackson.

Murphy played Prince Akeem, who ditched an arranged marriage in the wealthy African nation to “sow his royal oats” in America. He and Hall, who plays the prince’s sidekick Semmi, portray working-class people while working at a fast-food restaurant.

Hall and Murphy each played several of the characters in the original, from the preacher to singer Randy Watson, to an “ugly woman” to the men in the memorable barber shop scenes.

Brief appearances were made by Louie Anderson, Jake Steinfeld and the two homeless men — Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche — were characters from Trading Places, another 1980’s Murphy movie.

In the sequel, Akeem learns of a long-lost son in America, so he leaves Zamunda to meet this unlikely heir to the royal throne. The sequel has been years in the making, but finally got more concrete with determining its director.

In an ironic twist, Murphy will have a new bride when he marries his fiancée, Paige Butcher. The couple just had their second child in November when they welcomed Max Charles Murphy to the world.

Here’s a clip of the reverend in the original 1988 movie, played by Arsenio Hall:

And James Earl Jones plays the king, who surprises Akeem and Semmi in America.

Some of the most memorable, and quotable, lines and scenes came in the local barber shop. Here’s a clip of all barber shop scenes, but beware of explicit language in this one.


 

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