Watch Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall reunite in new Coming 2 America trailer
On Wednesday, Amazon Prime Video released the first full trailer for Coming 2 America, the long-awaited sequel to John Landis' 1988 comedy classic.
Picking up 30 years later, the new film from Murphy's Dolemite Is My Name collaborator Craig Brewer finds Akeem preparing to take over as king of Zamunda, only to discover that his memorable trip to Queens left the previously unseen Mary (Leslie Jones) pregnant with a son, Lavelle (Jermaine Fowler).
"Lavelle didn't have much growing up, sort of the type of guy who just made what he had work, and the things he had were very minimal," Fowler recently told EW of his character. "So when he finds out that he is the heir to a wealthy throne in Africa, this chip on his shoulder kind of just rolls right off and he's ready to finally take it all in and enjoy the good life that he's been denied for so long."
Joining Fowler and Jones as franchise newcomers are Tracy Morgan, KiKi Layne, and Wesley Snipes, while returning alums include Shari Headley, Paul Bates, John Amos, and James Earl Jones. Plus, Murphy and Hall will once again be taking on multiple roles, including the friendly neighborhood barbershop crew.
"It was probably one of the greatest experiences of my life, being able to watch them come back into these characters," Brewer recently told EW of working with Murphy and Hall. "[Co-writer] Kenya Barris is one of the most powerful men in entertainment, and we're sitting there on set and when Eddie and Arsenio walked into the barbershop as the old barbershop characters, we giggled like school children. [Laughs] We just dropped all sense of maturity and decorum. It was like, 'Can you believe that we are doing this? Can you believe we're at the barbershop? There's Clarence [Murphy] for God's sake!' And it was just infectious. The crew grew up on Coming to America so they're trying to be professional but they're just trying to bite their cheeks so they don't smile the whole time. And you've got to remember that Eddie and Arsenio haven't done this in more than 30 years, and now they're just cracking jokes and having a blast — and this is even after they've been in eight hours of makeup."
Coming 2 America arrives March 5, 2021 on Amazon Prime Video.