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James Earl Jones, Kiki Layne Among ‘Coming 2 America’ Cast Additions

Leslie Jones is also in talks to join the cast of the upcoming Paramount sequel

James Earl Jones, who starred alongside Eddie Murphy in “Coming to America,” will return in Paramount’s upcoming sequel “Coming 2 America” along with a group of new cast members including “Saturday Night Live” star Leslie Jones.

Released in 1988 and directed by John Landis, “Coming to America” followed Akeem (Murphy), the spoiled prince of a fictional African nation who protests against an arranged marriage set by his father, King Jaffe Joffer (Jones).  Traveling to America, he goes undercover as a fast-food employee while searching for a woman to take as his wife with the help of his friend, Semmi (Arsenio Hall).

In addition to Jones returning as King Jaffe, Paul Bates will return as royal servant Oha, while “If Beale Street Could Talk” star Kiki Layne is also set to join as Akeem’s daughter. The sequel will follow Akeem as he returns to New York to find his long-lost son and groom him to become his successor to the throne.

Wesley Snipes was reported earlier today to join as General Izzi, a ruler of a nation bordering Prince Akeem’s home. “Saturday Night Live” star Leslie Jones is also reportedly in talks to join the film in an undisclosed role.

“Coming 2 America” will be directed by Craig Brewer (“Hustle & Flow”) and produced by Murphy, Kevin Misher and Kenya Barris. Shooting is set to begin this fall for an August 2020 release.