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22nd Dec 2020

Eddie Murphy plays multiple characters in the trailer for Coming 2 America


The first trailer for Coming 2 America is here – and Eddie Murphy is back to his old tricks, playing a ton of characters.

Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall return as King Akeem and Semmi respectively, but the duo also appear as several characters in the trailer, usually under a ton of make-up.

The sequel to 1988’s Coming To America was due to be released in cinemas, but due to the Coronavirus pandemic it will instead be released on Amazon Prime on March 5 2021.

Set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, newly-crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure that has them traversing the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, New York – where it all began.

According to studio Paramount, the plot sees Akeem discover that he has a royal lineage of his own.

“Set after the events of the first film, former Prince Akeem Joffer is set to become King of Zamunda when he discovers he has a son he never knew about in America – a street savvy Queens native named Lavelle (Jermaine Fowler),” reads the official synopsis.

“Honoring his royal father’s (James Earl Jones) dying wish to groom this son as the crown prince, Akeem and Semmi (Arsenio Hall) set off to America once again.”

Speaking about the sequel, Eddie Murphy said: “My favorite part of reuniting with the cast of Coming to America was making a movie that’s as good as the first one.

“Getting everybody together, including Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, John Amos, James Earl Jones and the rest of my royal family, and making a really great movie, that’s my favorite part.”

“What I’m most excited about the audience seeing is how amazing this movie is. We have incredible new cast members like Wesley Snipes, Tracy Morgan, Leslie Jones, Jermaine Fowler, KiKi Layne and my own daughter, Bella Murphy, among others, who are all so funny and really brought their A-game.”

“It’s just a great picture and I’m excited to have audiences see it.”