Eddie Murphy is set to reprise his role from the much-loved 1988 comedy for the new film
The long-awaited Coming To America sequel will finally be released next year.
Announced just last year, the as-yet-untitled sequel will see Eddie Murphy reprise his role as Prince Akeem from the 1988 original. Murphy will produce the new movie, with Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer in the director’s seat.
Paramount Pictures have now confirmed that the Coming To America sequel will be released in cinemas on August 7, 2020 – just over 32 years on from the cinematic release of the original (via Variety).
The sequel will see Akeem (Murphy) travelling back to the US to meet his long-lost son, where he intends to inform him that he is heir to the throne in the fictional country of Zamunda which was introduced in the original film.
Last month, Murphy said he was “thrilled” to be involved with the sequel.
“After many years of anticipation, I’m thrilled that Coming to America 2 is officially moving forward,” Murphy said in a statement. “We’ve assembled a great team that will be led by Craig Brewer, who just did an amazing job on Dolemite, and I’m looking forward to bringing all these classic and beloved characters back to the big screen.”
Production on the sequel is due to start later this year. It is hoped that Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley and John Amos – all of whom starred in the original – will sign on to reprise their roles for the upcoming movie.