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Arsenio Hall Seen In Costume As Reverend Brown For Coming To America 2

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Arsenio Hall Seen In Costume As Reverend Brown For Coming To America 2

One of the greatest (and funniest) comedies of the 1980s was Coming To America, the 1988 film directed by John Landis and starring - among others - Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall and James Earl Jones.

Now, more than 30 years after its release, the film is finally getting a sequel. Coming To America 2 is currently being filmed in the US state of Georgia, and photos have emerged which show Arsenio Hall reprising his iconic role as Reverend Brown - albeit with greyer hair than the character seemed to have three decades ago. Which is totally understandable.

Arsenio Hall on the set of Coming to America 2. Credit: Backgrid
Arsenio Hall on the set of Coming to America 2. Credit: Backgrid

As any fan of the original film knows, Hall actually played four characters in it - the reverend, plus Semmi, Morris and the pleasantly-named 'Extremely Ugly Girl'.

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We don't know if all of those characters will return for the overdue sequel, but this is the first time that anyone's caught a glimpse of the film's stars in full costume and make-up.

Eddie Murphy - who played Prince Akeem in the original film, as well as soul singer Randy Watson, barbershop owner Clarence and his customer, Saul - was also spotted on set in sunglasses and a black hoodie.

Eddie Murphy was also spotted on set. Credit: Backgrid
Eddie Murphy was also spotted on set. Credit: Backgrid

Tracy Morgan and Leslie Jones were also seen shooting scenes in full costume, as was a new addition to the cast - actress and comedian Luenell.

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All of which is incredibly exciting, even if we don't really have any idea what the movie is going to be about or how they'll continue the story 30 years after the original was made.

In that original film, Prince Akeem - the wealthy crown prince of fictional African country Zamunda - grows bored of his easy, pampered life and, after his parents present him with an arranged bride-to-be, jets off with his best friend Semmi to New York.

Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall in Coming to America. Credit: Paramount Pictures
Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall in Coming to America. Credit: Paramount Pictures

There, they pretend to be impoverished students and embark on a search for a bride that Prince Akeem actually wants to marry. Needless to say, hilarity ensues.

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Coming To America 2 - let's hope the actual title they use is a bit better than that - is scheduled for release in December 2020, so there's still a long wait ahead. But if the sequel is anything like the original, it'll be worth it.

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