‘Coming 2 America’ Adds Kiki Layne, Rick Ross, Leslie Jones; James Earl Jones, Paul Bates To Reprise Their Roles

by Krystal Franklin

August 8, 2019

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A day after Wesley Snipes‘ role in Coming 2 America was confirmed, additional cast announcements have been made. Reportedly, Kiki Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk), Rick Ross and Leslie Jones have been added to the 1988 remake starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall. The Hollywood Reporter says Layne’s role, will play Akeem’s daughter, burdened with feeling like she is the son her father never had.

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Details surrounding Jones’ role, however, has not been released. Fans will also be excited to know both James Earl Jones and Paul Bates are reprising their roles as King Jaffe Joffer and Oha.

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Earlier this summer, Jermaine Fowler (Sorry To Bother You) had been rumored to be a part of the cast, as Prince Akeem’s son in the Kenya Barris-produced film.

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Reportedly, the new plot sees “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.” Sounds promising. Back in April, Murphy and Hall met with Oscar-award winning Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter for preliminary fittings for the sequel.

 

Coming 2 America hits theaters Decemeber18, 2020.

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