Coming 2 America — the long-gestating sequel to the highly-quotable 1988 Eddie Murphy comedy Coming to America — is “official” according to Academy Award-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter. She’s working on the sequel, a big get for Paramount Pictures as she is coming to Coming 2 America just after her Oscar win for Black Panther. On Monday, she shared pictures of Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall’s reunion on Instagram, saying, “It’s official! Preliminary fitting for Coming to America 2 with Prince Akeem, Semmi and Oscar.”
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🗣🗣GOOD MORNING MY NEIGHBORS! It’s official! Preliminary fitting for Coming to America 2 with Prince Akeem, Semmi and Oscar. . . . . . . #RuthIsComingToAmerica2 #costumedesign #costumedesigner #blackfilm #eddiemurphy #arseniohall #oscar #oscars #ComingToAmerica #ComingToAmerica2
With pre-production photos like this already circulating, it appears the film is on track to hit its release date of August 7th, 2020. So far the only actors confirmed to be returning are Murphy (Prince Akeem), Hall (Semmi), and 88-year-old James Earl Jones (King Jaffe Joffer). It would seem odd if Shari Headley (Lisa McDowell) wasn’t present, considering she became the Princess at the end of the first movie. (This is not a spoiler. It was thirty-one years ago.) Although we suppose any actors who don’t reprise their roles could just be played by Eddie Murphy in costume.