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Sometimes you might see the name of the movie written Coming to America 2. However, the official title for Eddie Murphy's sequel of Coming to America is Coming 2 America."
Even though the movie industry is known to do reboots and remakes, Coming 2 America is not a remake of the first film. Rather, the film is a continuation of the original movie that was released in theaters 32 years ago on June 29, 1988. The story was created by comedian Eddie Murphy who also had the lead role.
The idea for a sequel has come up many times over the years, and it is finally happening. The cast and crew are in place. Filming began on August 17, 2019. The long-awaited film was scheduled to be released in theaters in the United States on December 18, 2020. However, it was postponed because of the global pandemic.
The movie will be released on March 5, 2021, on Amazon Prime Video.
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Even though the story is about happenings in New York, filming took place in a Fayetteville, Georgia home, which was once owned by boxing champ Evander Holyfield. It is now the home of rapper Rick Ross who is in the sequel. The 54,000-square-foot house has 100 rooms which will be used as the royal palace in Coming 2 America.
The plot of the original movie is about Prince Akeem Joffer, played by Eddie Murphy, of the fictional African nation of Zamunda. He travels to the United States to find a wife.
The plot of the sequel is a simple one that fans of the original romantic comedy will love. Prince Akeem Joffer is set to become King of Zamunda when he discovers he has a son in the United States that he never knew about.
Prince Akeem must honor the dying wish of his father, played by James Earl Jones, to find the son in New York so he can be groomed to become the new prince. Prince Akeem and Semmi, played by Arsenio Hall, go America once again.
In the original version, Prince Akeem did find a wife. The couple had a daughter played by Kiki Layne. He also had a one-night stand with a woman from Queens, New York. Their affair resulted in the birth of a son, LaVelle, played by Jermaine Fowler.
Akeem does find his son and takes him to the fictional place of Zamunda where he teaches him and grooms him to become a prince when Akeem becomes king after his father dies.
The Original "Coming to America"
In the original 117-minute romantic comedy, Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall played multiple parts. The budget was $39 million, but the film grossed $288.8 million at the box office. It was the highest-earning film that year for the studio and the third-highest-grossing film at the United States box office. It will be interesting to see how the sequel compares to the original.
On January 11, 2019, it was announced that the sequel will be moving forward to be released next year. Like the original, Murphy has his hand all over the project. He wrote it, has the starring role, and it is produced by Eddie Murphy Production Company.
Besides Murphy, many members of the original cast are returning. That includes Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, John Amos, Paul Bates, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Louie Anderson, Garcelle Beauvais, and James Earl Jones.
Along with many of the actors from the original movie, there are lots of newcomers. Most of them are well known and are honored to have a part in the sequel. For example, comedian Leslie Jones quit her job at Saturday Night Live after five seasons to have a starring role in Coming 2 America.
Rapper Rick Ross and Wesley Snipes have roles in the film. In August 2019, Nomzamo Mbatha, Jermaine Fowler, Tracy Morgan, KiKi Layne, Luenell, Rotimi, Teyana Taylor, Bella Murphy, and Michael Blackson were added to the cast.
Jermaine Fowler is the son that Prince Akeem has just found out about. Leslie Jones is his mother that the prince had a one-night stand with when he was in New York 31 years ago.
Watch the Original Film
Since it will be a long time before Coming 2 America is released, those who have not seen Coming to America have a chance to watch it to see what happened when Prince Akeem came to America the first time.
Those who watched it long ago could also watch it again to be reminded of what happened before the story continues.
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on September 25, 2019:
Cheryl, I am going to watch the original before the continuation comes out. A lot of people are looking forward to it.
Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on September 25, 2019:
I love the original movie. Not sure I want to see a number 2 .