Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall begin filming Coming to America sequel

Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall begin filming Coming to America sequel


It’s been over 30 years since Coming to America hit movie screens. And cameras are about to start rolling for the long-awaited sequel to the 1988 flick with Eddie Murphy, Prince Akeem himself, spotted landing in Macon, Georgia on Thursday ahead of filming
 The 58-year-old was photographed hopping off a private jet alongside costar Arsenio Hall, as well as his girlfriend Paige Butcher in tow
The original story followed Akeem as he traveled to New York to try to escape an arranged marriage and find a wife
 In Coming 2 America Eddie is reprising his role as Akeem as he learns he has a long-lost son in the United States (a street-savvy Queens native named Lavelle) and must return to America to meet the unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda
  Following his dying father’s wishes, Akeem will try to find the young man and groom him to be the next prince of Zamunda as he himself ascends the throne as king
It was revealed this week that Shari Headley would be joining Eddie in the highly anticipated follow-up
The 55-year-old actress will reprise her role from the first movie as Lisa McDowell, the love interest and eventual wife of Eddie’s character
James Earl Jones is also returning for the sequel, while Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones and Kiki Layne have all joined the cast
Layne will play his daughter in the movie, while Snipes will portray General Izzi, the leader of a nation that’s neighbor to Zamunda, according to THR
 Craig Brewer will direct the project for Paramount, and Eddie will produce alongside Kevin Misher and Kenya Barris
Eddie previously said in a statement: ‘After many years of anticipation, I’m thrilled that Coming to America 2 is officially moving forward
We’ve assembled a great team that will be led by Craig Brewer, who just did an amazing job on Dolemite [Is My Name], and I’m looking forward to bringing all these classic and beloved characters back to the big screen
‘The initial film was a smash in June of 1988, bringing in more than $288 million worldwide, with $126 million in domestic box office; and taking home a pair of Academy Awards for Best Costume Design and Best Makeup, as Murphy and Hall played a number of side characters as well
 The sequel is slated for release 18 December 2020.  

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