Eddie Murphy confirmed for ‘Coming To America’ sequel

The follow-up to the 1988 comedy film has been in the works since 2017

The forthcoming sequel to Coming To America will star the original’s film lead Eddie Murphy, it has been confirmed.

The 1988 comedy film saw Murphy play Prince Akeem, a prince from the fictional country Zamunda who visits the US to find a woman he can marry. Also starring the likes of Arsenio Hall and James Earl Jones, Coming To America was a huge hit at the box office – grossing $288 million (£224 million) worldwide.

After news of a sequel first broke back in April 2017, it has now been confirmed that Murphy will reprise his role as Akeem for the as-yet-untitled sequel. Akeem will travel back to the US in the upcoming movie to meet his long-lost son, where he intends to inform him that he is heir to the throne in Zamunda (via Deadline).

Craig Brewer has been hired by Paramount Pictures to direct the Coming To America sequel. Brewer has just directed Murphy in the upcoming film Dolemite Is My Name, which is due out later this year.

“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.”

It is hoped that the likes of Hall, Jones, Shari Headley and John Amos will all sign up to reprise their roles from the original film, too. Production is due to begin later this year.