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Wesley Snipes Joins Eddie Murphy In 'Coming To America' Sequel

Wesley Snipes Joins Eddie Murphy In 'Coming To America' Sequel

Wesley Snipes is set to star in Coming 2 America alongside Kiki Layne and SNL's Leslie Jones.

The screen legend, 57, has joined forces with Eddie Murphy to appear in the hotly-anticipated follow-up to 1988's classic Coming to America, which was announced in January.

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According to Deadline, the Blade star will play a new character, General Izzi, the ruler of a neighbouring nation of Zamunda, in the first casting announcements.

Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall in the 1988 flick. Credit: Paramount
Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall in the 1988 flick. Credit: Paramount

Eddie will reprise his role as Prince Akeem, a prince from a fictional African nation who travels to New York to try to escape an arranged marriage and find a wife.

In the sequel, which will see Arsenio Hall reprise his role as Akeem's best friend Semmi, will follow the newly crowned King of Zamunda as he heads back to the US to try to track down his long-lost son - a Queens native named Lavelle.

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Craig Brewer is set to direct the project for Paramount, while Eddie will produce the feature alongside Kevin Misher and Kenya Barris

Eddie is also producing the film. Credit: PA
Eddie is also producing the film. Credit: PA
Kiki Layne is set to play Eddie Murphy's daughter in the flick. Credit: PA
Kiki Layne is set to play Eddie Murphy's daughter in the flick. Credit: PA
SNL's Leslie Jones will also star in it. Credit: PA
SNL's Leslie Jones will also star in it. Credit: PA

Eddie said in a statement: "After many years of anticipation, I'm thrilled that Coming to America 2 is officially moving forward.

"We've assembled a great team that will be led by Craig Brewer, who just did an amazing job on Dolemite Is My Name, and I'm looking forward to bringing all these classic and beloved characters back to the big screen."

While fellow producer Kenya added: "Craig's ability to create a distinct cinematic world with each of his films is not only impressive but also what made him exactly the voice and vision we needed to bring this story to life.

"From Hustle & Flow to his work with Eddie on Dolemite Is My Name, he never fails to blow me away. He is a true auteur and we couldn't be more thrilled to have him on board."

Credit: Paramount
Credit: Paramount

The sequel is slated for release in 2020.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Entertainment News, TV News

Lisa McLoughlin

Lisa is a freelance journalist working for Tyla. She has worked for MailOnline, The Sun Online and Ireland's national broadcaster RTÉ. Please contact her on [email protected]

 

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