Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock alum Tracy Morgan has joined Eddie Murphy in Paramount Pictures’ Coming To America 2. He will also star alongside Arsenio Hall, Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Kiki Layne, James Earl Jones, Rick Ross, and Paul Bates.
According to Deadline, “Jones will portray the son’s mother, who had a one-night stand with Akeem. Morgan’s character is Reem, a hustler who is Jones’ brother.” I’m a fan of Morgan ,and it’s great to see that he got cast in this film. He’s definitely going to make a great addition to the cast and deliver some fun comedy.
The original 1988 comedy followed Murphy as Prince Akeem, “a spoiled prince from the fictional African nation of Zamunda, who arrives in Queens, New York, and in undercover fashion gets a job at a McDonald’s knockoff while trying to find a wife.”
The sequel will focus on Akeem, now set to become king, “discovering he has a son he never knew about, a street-savvy Queens native named Lavelle. Honoring his father’s dying wish to groom his son as a new crowned prince, Akeem must once again return to America.”
Snipes will play the role of General Izzi, who is the ruler of neighboring African nation, and Layne will play Akeem’s daughter, “burdened with feeling like she is the son her father never had.”
Coming To America 2 is being directed by Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan).