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Eddie Murphy Says He's 'Over The Moon' With Coming To America 2

Eddie Murphy Says He's 'Over The Moon' With Coming To America 2

It looks as though 2020 is shaping up to be a bit of nostalgia fest for movie fans with brand new Ghostbusters, Top Gun and Bad Boys flicks due out.

And, if that's not quite enough for you, then Coming To America 2 is also set to hit the big screen next summer.

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Prince Akeem will return in 2020. Credit: Paramount
Prince Akeem will return in 2020. Credit: Paramount

It's been more than 30 years since we've seen Eddie Murphy as African Prince Akeem and now the wait is over with the new film tipped for an August 2020 release.

In a recent interview Murphy revealed he was delighted with the sequel.

Speaking with Antonio Banderas for Variety's Actors on Actors series, he said: "I'm just over the moon with how it's turned out."

He told his Shrek co-star that the movie's creators had manage to find a 'clever way' to update Prince Akeem's story - explaining: "We figured out a way to connect it, and that's what we're doing now."

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Murphy also said that more than three decades and countless movies later, Coming to America is one of the films his fans love the most.

Murphy said the team behind the sequel have found a 'clever way' to update the story. Credit: Paramount
Murphy said the team behind the sequel have found a 'clever way' to update the story. Credit: Paramount

He added: "I don't know what it is about that movie, but that's the one movie that I've done that, like, on Halloween people dress up like the characters, and people always say lines from that movie to me."

The original movie saw Prince Akeem leave Africa for New York on a quest to find true love after rejecting an arranged marriage. Once in the US he meets, and falls in love with, Lisa (played by Shari Headley).

The 1988 film was a huge commercial success, grossing almost $300 million (£228m) worldwide, and became a comedy classic.

The sequel will see Murphy joined by Wesley Snipes. Credit: Instagram
The sequel will see Murphy joined by Wesley Snipes. Credit: Instagram

Speaking back in February, when the movie was announced, Murphy said: "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."

Alongside Murphy, original cast members including Headley are set to return for the sequel, along with new additions such as Wesley Snipes.

Featured Image Credit: Paramount Pictures

Topics: TV and Film

Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]

 

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