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The Zamunda Royal Family Is Back — Everything We Know about 'Coming 2 America'

Christell Fatima M. Tudtud
Dec 18, 2020
09:55 A.M.

After more than three decades, legendary actor Eddie Murphy's "Coming 2 America" movie is getting a sequel. Fans expect comedic chops from the veteran comedian himself.

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This year may have been dark and gloomy but seasoned comedian and actor Eddie Murphy made sure that movie watchers will have a fun and bright entrance in 2021.

Murphy, who won his first award as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in the recently concluded Emmy Awards last September, is back to his role as Akeem, the African royal from Zamunda.

Actor Eddie Murphy's portrait session for his film "Shrek the Third" in Los Angeles, California in 2007. | Photo: Getty Images

Actor Eddie Murphy's portrait session for his film "Shrek the Third" in Los Angeles, California in 2007. | Photo: Getty Images

THE DUO IS BACK

For the sequel to the iconic 1988 film, Murphy is the newly-crowned King of Zamunda. Actor Arsenio Hall who played the royal's sidekick Semmi is back in the movie as well.

The 59-year-old actor shared in a 2019 interview that he's happy that the movie has a sequel. He shared that filming the movie was beyond his expectations. He said:

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"So we’ve gone above and beyond what anybody would think. I’m really, really happy with it."

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The highly anticipated Murphy-led movie is expected to be released on March 5, 2021, through Amazon Prime Video. The streaming platform shared snaps from the movie on their official Instagram account.

Fans will surely be left in stitches as Murphy and Hall will take them on their hilarious adventures back to Queens, New York. It was the same setting the duo had in the old film.

In a separate interview with Complex, Hall, a seasoned stand-up comedian, shared that he never thought the movie would mean so much to the people. Doing the movie is an opportunity for him to expand his craft.

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"Coming 2 America" will also feature returning actors Paul Bates, James Earl Jones, Vanessa Bell Calloway, John Amos, and Shari Headley.

More actors are expected to appear in the film including Wesley Snipes, Jermaine Fowler, Tracy Morgan, Leslie Jones, KiKi Layne, Teyana Taylor, Nomzamo Mbatha, and Murphy's 18-year-old daughter, Bella Murphy.

With his long career in Hollywood, he plans to retire from acting soon and hopes to return to doing stand-up comedy this year.

Actor and comedian Eddie Murphy during his TV guesting at the "Oprah Winfrey Show" in Chicago in 1987. | Photo: Getty Images

Actor and comedian Eddie Murphy during his TV guesting at the "Oprah Winfrey Show" in Chicago in 1987. | Photo: Getty Images

BRINGS BACK MEMORIES

As for film director Craig Brewer, watching the actors reprise their roles in the iconic movie was one of the greatest experiences of his life. He couldn't believe that they were back on the set for the film.

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The nostalgia-filled movie is great for family time. Despite the tough times this year, Brewer hopes that people will enjoy watching the movie with some old friends.

The first movie, "Coming to America," opened in theaters in 1988 which grossed $288M worldwide. It was Murphy's fourth highest-grossing live-action movie at that time.

Eddie Murphy onstage for the  "Comedians in Cars" at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, California in 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

Eddie Murphy onstage for the "Comedians in Cars" at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, California in 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

Before "Coming 2 America," Murphy starred in the Netflix biopic titled "Dolemite is My Name" in 2019, where he played the struggling African-American stand-up comedian Rudy Ray Moore.

Murphy has remained a timeless comedy icon. With his long career in Hollywood, he plans to retire from acting soon and hopes to return to doing stand-up comedy this year.

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