Tracy Morgan joins Eddie Murphy in Coming to America sequel
The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Emmy nominee Tracy Morgan (SNL, 30 Rock, The Last O.G.) has joined the cast of Eddie Murphy’s Coming to America sequel, Coming 2 America. Morgan will play the brother of Leslie Jones’ character, a hustler named Reem.
Coming 2 America will follow Akeem, now set to become king, discovering he has a son he never knew about, a street-savvy Queens native named Lavelle. Honoring his father’s dying wish to groom his son as a new crowned prince, Akeem must once again return to America.
The film will be directed by Craig Brewer, who previously worked with Paramount Pictures on Hustle & Flow, Blake Snake Moan, and the 2011 Footloose remake. black-ish creator Kenya Barris penned the script.
The original film was directed by John Landis and starred Murphy as a wealthy African prince who comes to Queens, New York posing as a poor man to search for a bride.
The cast includes original stars Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Paul Bates, and Shari Headley. In addition, Leslie Jones, Kiki Layne, Wesley Snipes, Jermaine Fowler, Rick Ross, singer Teyana Taylor, and comedian Michael Blackson have also been cast for the sequel with Louie Anderson set to reprise his role as Maurice.
The follow-up to the acclaimed 1988 comedy has landed a December 18, 2020 release date.
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