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Eddie Murphy confirmed to act in sequel of ‘Coming to America’
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Eddie Murphy confirmed to act in sequel of ‘Coming to America’

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‘Coming to America’ is getting a sequel, with Eddie Murphy confirmed to return.

Craig Brewer, who has directed multiple episodes of TV’s Empire, is set to direct the follow-up to the 1988 comedy, according to Deadline. Murphy, meanwhile, will reprise his original role as Akeem, an African prince who flees to America to escape an arranged marriage and go undercover in Queens, in the hope of finding a woman with a strong will who can become his queen.

The sequel will see Akeem learn about a long lost son, as he returns to America to meet the unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda. The sequel is also expected to see the return of original cast members Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, John Amos, and James Earl Jones.

Murphy will star in Brewer’s ‘Dolemite is My Name’, set for release this year, and was reportedly eager to work with the director again. ‘Girls Trip’ writer Kenya Barris is rewriting a script by original ‘Coming to America’ screenwriters Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield.

Murphy will also produce the project, alongside Barris and Kevin Misher. “After many years of anticipation, I’m thrilled that Coming to America 2 is officially moving forward,” Murphy said in a statement. “We’ve assembled a great team that will be led by Craig Brewer, who just did an amazing job on Dolemite, and I’m looking forward to bringing all these classic and beloved characters back to the big screen.”

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