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My twelve year-old self is absolutely geeked because Coming to America 2 is finally, well, coming! We have waited 32 years for the sequel to Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall’s 80′s cult classic. Coming to America 2 will be released March 5, 2021 on Amazon Prime Video. The new trailer came out Tuesday and if it is any indication Coming to America 2 will be just as fun as the first.
Coming to America 2 is the first time in 32 years that Arsenio and Eddie are collaborating and they look like they had a helluva good time. According to director Craig Brewer and co-writer Kenya Barris, the entire crew had a hard time keeping it together on set. They were so excited to be working with Eddie and Arsenio and to watch them play off each other. Coming to America 2 picks up thirty years later as Prince Akeem, played by Eddie Murphy, is set to become king. He discovers that he has a son with a woman he met in Queens, played by Leslie Jones. The movie follows Akeem and Semmi, played by Arsenio Hall, returning to New York City so that Akeem can meet his son. Below are more details about the movie from EW:
Directed by Murphy’s Dolemite Is My Name collaborator Craig Brewer, Coming 2 America picks up as Akeem prepares to become king, only to learn that he long ago fathered a son (Jermaine Fowler) with a woman from Queens (Leslie Jones). Joining Fowler and Jones as newcomers to the series are KiKi Layne, Tracy Morgan, Rick Ross, and Wesley Snipes, while returning alums include Shari Headley, Paul Bates, John Amos, and James Earl Jones.
“It was probably one of the greatest experiences of my life, being able to watch them come back into these characters,” Brewer recently told EW of working with Murphy and Hall. “[Co-writer] Kenya Barris is one of the most powerful men in entertainment, and we’re sitting there on set and when Eddie and Arsenio walked into the barbershop as the old barbershop characters, we giggled like school children. [Laughs] We just dropped all sense of maturity and decorum. It was like, ‘Can you believe that we are doing this? Can you believe we’re at the barbershop? There’s Clarence [Murphy] for God’s sake!’ And it was just infectious. The crew grew up on Coming to America so they’re trying to be professional but they’re just trying to bite their cheeks so they don’t smile the whole time. And you’ve got to remember that Eddie and Arsenio haven’t done this in more than 30 years, and now they’re just cracking jokes and having a blast — and this is even after they’ve been in eight hours of makeup.”
When I first found out about the Coming to America sequel, I rolled my eyes. I felt like it was going to be another bad attempt to recreate the magic of an 80s film that was very popular, particularly in the Black community. However, when I saw that the original cast was returning for the sequel, I got absolutely giddy. The trailer is making me impatient for March 5. It can’t get here fast enough. Coming to America was one of my favorite movies growing up and Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall were staples on my television screen. This will definitely be nostalgic for me. When I saw that Shari Headley was also returning as Lisa McDowell I was sold.
What I am also excited about is that Coming to America 2 will be released on Amazon Prime Video instead of in theatres. I am looking forward to watching the shenanigans that Eddie and Arsenio get up to. I will never forget the iconic barbershop scenes and McDowell’s fast food restaurant. While I wait for March 5 to arrive, I may revisit my Soul Glow curl activator, yes I had a Jheri curl when I was a kid, don’t @ me, and prepare for a trip down memory lane.
Here’s the trailer!
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