Amazon announces epic sequel to Eddie Murphy's hit film Coming to America – here's everything we know

AMAZON Prime Video will premiere one of the most anticipated sequels of all time, Eddie Murphy's Coming 2 America.

The new film will be the epic follow-up to 1988's Coming to America whose cultural impact remains keenly felt to this day.

Amazon Studios revealed it picked up the worldwide rights to Coming 2 America and will premiere the film globally on Prime Video next year, on 5 March.

The sequel starts in the lush and royal – but also fictional – country of Zamunda where newly-crowned King Akeem (Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure.

They will traversed the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, New York – where it all began. 

But the reason Akeem heads back to New York is after he learns has a long-lost son in Queens and must go to meet the unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda.



Many of the original cast favourites from Coming to America will return including King Jaffe Joffer (James Earl Jones) and Queen Lisa (Shari Headley).

New stars joining his already amazing ensemble cast include, Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, Jermaine Fowler, Bella Murphy, Rotimi, KiKi Layne, Nomzamo Mbatha and Teyana Taylor.

Such a list of Hollywood heavyweight will make Coming 2 America one of the most anticipated comedy films of the year.

“Coming to America was a cultural phenomenon that is one of the most loved and celebrated comedies of all time,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios.

“Thanks to Eddie Murphy’s comedic genius along with the brilliant filmmakers, writers and fabulous cast… we know audiences around the world will fall in love with this hilarious, joyful movie that will surely become a timeless favourite.”

Coming to America opened in theatres in 1988 to become a box office sensation achieving over $288 million in total worldwide box office gross.

Amazon described Coming to America as"a cultural zeitgeist that was not only timeless but also a proudly celebrated American comedy, making the film a go-to classic across generations".


But Murphy, 59, is experiencing a career resurgence after his hits dried up thanks to his habit of shooting himself in the foot with controversial comments and a chaotic personal life.

Last year, he starred in a career defining performance Dolemite Is My Name, a Netflix biopic about US comedian and actor Rudy Ray Moore.

And Murphy is said to be in talks with Netflix for a series of stand-up shows in a deal that could be worth £55MILLION, according to gossip website TMZ.

Murphy confirmed his return to stand-up earlier this year, saying: “I’m going to do it again. Everything just has to be right.”

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