After three long decades, the most awaited sequel to the widely acclaimed romantic comedy Coming to America is finally happening as the first images from the movie have been released. Titled cheekily as Coming 2 America, Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall will both be reprising their roles of Zamundan Prince Akeem and his loyal friend Semmi respectively, alongside all the assorted roles from the first movie. Directed by Craig Brewer, who recently directed Dolemite Is My Name, Coming 2 America is set to release in 2021.
Originally slated to release in theaters, Coming 2 America will now be released on Amazon Prime Video as its distribution rights were recently acquired by the streaming giant. The online streaming platform has recently released a fresh batch of pictures from the upcoming sequel, and honestly, we can’t wait any longer.
Joining Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall will be Shari Headley, John Amos, Tracy Morgan, Wesley Snipes, Vanessa Bell Calloway, and James Earl Jones from the first movie. The first batch of images from the highly anticipated sequel contains shots of Murphy and Hall as Prince Akeem and Semmi, along with James Earl Jones as the King of Zamunda, Garcelle Beauvais as the royal rose bearer, and a few shots of Murphy and Hall in their other assorted roles.
Initially slated to release on August 7, 2020 in the United States and Canada, the CoVID-19 pandemic forced theaters across the world to shut down resulting in an indefinite delay in release. However, Amazon Studios acquired the distribution rights for a staggering $125 million to release it on its own streaming platform. The initial distributor, Paramount Pictures, will release the movie in selected theaters in a few countries.
Scheduled to release digitally on March 5, 2021, here is the official synopsis of Coming 2 America:
Set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, newly-crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi(Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure that has them traversing the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, New York – where it all began.
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