'Thrilled' Eddie Murphy set for Coming to America 2

It's Official: Eddie Murphy Will Star In COMING TO AMERICA 2

Brewer is best known for directing Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan, and the Footloose remake, though he's also helmed episodes of Empire and The Shield. Deadline reports that Paramount Pictures has named Craig Brewer as the film's director.

According to Deadline, original cast members Arsenio Hall, who played Akeem's aide Semmi; Shari Headley, who played Akeem's eventual bride; John Amos, who played Headley's father; and James Earl Jones, who played Akeem's father. Murphy is already attached to the new project, reprising his role as African prince Akeem.

The story sees Akeem returning to America when he learns of a long-lost son and unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda.

Almost two years ago, it was revealed that Eddie Murphy was working on a sequel script to one of his most beloved films, Coming To America.

In the three decades since the original, much has happened that would serve as ideal comic fodder for Akeem's return trip to America.


Murphy gushed in a statement:'After many years of anticipation, I'm thrilled that Coming to America 2 is officially moving forward.

The hope is to start filming sometime in 2019, which would be welcome news to both fans of the original and Murphy himself, who has been trying to get the film off the ground for a while.

"We've assembled a great team that will be led by Craig Brewer, who just did an awesome job on 'Dolemite [Is My name]'", he expressed. "From Hustle & Flow to his work with Eddie on Dolemite Is My Name, he never fails to blow me away". We're nervous and skeptical about this one, but mostly we're just hyped.

The 1988 film, Coming to America upon its release became the highest grossing film in the United States, topped several box office charts, $28 million in five days and $288,752,301 in total.

FYI, if you think you know the original film inside and out, we urge you to take our quiz.

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