Vanessa Bell Calloway, left, attends the 2019 Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. ; Actress Shari Headley arrives at the 1st Historic Health Summit kick-off luncheon on April 20, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Leon Bennett (Getty Images for Essence), Angela Weiss (Getty Images)
The Coming to America sequel, titled Coming 2 America, is a go—and everyone is very happy to be here!
Once news broke about the sequel to the black-ass classic, everyone wondered how much of the original cast would be involved because, of course, we weren’t here for anything less than a black-ass classic reunion.
Along with Prince Akeem himself—Eddie Murphy—we’ve already announced vital cast members such as Arsenio Hall and James Earl Jones as well as newcomers Kiki Layne and Leslie Jones.
As more production news rolls out for the film, it certainly seems like every single day comes with just one more casting confirmation. It’s hard to keep up with it all! That said, I’m going to provide a batched set of casting news for this much-anticipated sequel. It’ll sort of be like a Comcast bundle, without the sneaky up-charge down the line.
As of now, the official cast includes Murphy, Hall, Jones, Lane, Jones, Wesley Snipes, Jermaine Fowler and Rick Ross.
Most recently, Variety and Deadline announced the official casting confirmations for two major returning roles—that of the “Queen To Be” Imani Izzi (Vanessa Bell Calloway) and Lisa McDowell (Shari Headley), respectively.
Unfortunately, the original queen, Madge Sinclair won’t be standing beside Jones’ king as the actress (who also voiced Sarabi beside Jones’ Mufasa in 1994’s The Lion King) died in December 1995.
I’m hoping Allison Dean makes a big-screen comeback; she portrayed Lisa’s snarky sister Patrice in the original 1988 film. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled on the growing IMDb page, I expect this sequel to be a true ensemble film, much like the original. Also, I’m crossing my fingers for a cameo of the beatboxing twins, and especially Peaches, who had the uncanny ability to wield two DJ-desired breasts.
Coming 2 America is scheduled to be released in theaters on December 18, 2020. Craig Brewer will direct andMurphy will be producing, alongside Kevin Misher and Kenya Barris.