Amazon is bringing back some of our favorite comedy movies in 2020. First, there was Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. Next there’s the return of Coming to America, appropriately titled Coming 2 America. The film is a follow-up to the 1988 Eddie Murphy comedy about an African prince named Akeem who (you guessed it) comes to America searching for a queen. In Coming 2 America, Akeem learns he has a long-lost son who lives in Queens, New York. That forces him to return to the States once again. But the newest trailer for the movie focuses on what happens when his American son must adapt to his father’s African kingdom.
“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.”
Fittingly, the film also boasts Hollywood royalty of its own. James Earl Jones returns as King Jaffe Joffer, along with Shari Headley as Queen Lisa, John Amos as Cleo McDowell, Louie Anderson as Maurice, and everyone’s favorite barbershop of wisecracking old-timers played by Murphy and Hall once again. And they’ll be joined by Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, Jermaine Fowler, Bella Murphy, Rotimi, KiKi Layne, Nomzamo Mbatha, and Teyana Taylor,
Kenya Barris, Barry W. Blaustein, and David Sheffield wrote the film. And Craig Brewer ( Dolemite is My Name) is directs. As we can see in the trailer, Murphy and Hall play multiple roles in the film, as per tradition.
It’s been more than 30 years since we last saw Akeem and Semmi onscreen together. That’s a long time to wait. Luckily, we don’t have to wait much longer for their return to screens. Coming 2 America arrives on Amazon Prime on March 5, 2021.
This post originally published December 22, 2020, and updated February 3, 2021.
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