Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall reunite for Coming 2 America 2 on Amazon


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Coming 2 America 2 is coming to a home screen near you. The sequel to the original Coming 2 America, the 1988 big-screen comedy starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall, was set to hit theaters in 2020. But on Friday, Amazon Studios announced it had acquired worldwide rights to the film, and would make it available on Prime Video on March 5, 2021.

Murphy and Hall reprise their roles, with Murphy playing Prince Akeem Joffer of the fictional African nation of Zamunda, and Hall as his best friend, Semmi.

“Coming to America was a cultural phenomenon that is one of the most beloved and famous comedies of all time,” Jennifer Salke, director of Amazon Studios, said in a statement.

In addition to Murphy and Hall, actors such as James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, John Amos and Louie Anderson will return. New cast members include Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones and Tracy Morgan. The hair salon crew from the first film will also be returning, which was great news for some fans.

“Amazon confirming that Coming To America 2 will feature all the guys at the barbershop made me happier than Joe Louis on his 137th birthday,” one Twitter user wrote, referring to a favorite dialogue from the original film.


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