See the first look at Leslie Jones coming to Coming 2 America
Zamunda will never be the same again.
Above, EW has the exclusive first look at Leslie Jones in the long-awaited Coming 2 America. This debut comes after Thursday's reveal of Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall's reunion in the Coming to America sequel.
"It was absolutely awesome to work on Coming 2 America," Jones tells EW. "To be involved in such an important celebration of Black culture and Black excellence with one of the greatest ensemble casts of all-time was an honor. There are plenty of nods to the original, but there's a huge emphasis on family and female empowerment in this film, which I love. And of course, it's hilarious! It's the comedy we need after a year like this, and I can't wait for everyone to see it."
In the new film from director Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow), Jones stars opposite fellow SNL alum Murphy as Mary, the mother of the son Prince Akeem (Murphy) never knew he had.
"It’s like if a member of the British royal family suddenly found out they had a child with somebody from America — but Leslie Jones is straight up Queens," Brewer says to EW with a laugh. "She suffers no fools and says what’s on her mind in a real colorful way, and yet she actually brings a lot of joy to the kingdom, especially to Lisa [Shari Headley], who is from Queens but hasn’t been back since she married Akeem. And so in a way Mary is a little bit of a breath of fresh air from home that reminds Lisa where she comes from."
Brewer further adds that Mary is a "loyal mother" to Lavelle, who is played by comedian Jermaine Fowler (Sorry to Bother You) and can be seen alongside Jones and Coming to America alum Paul Bates in the new photo.
"Eddie always called the first movie a fairytale, and I know what he means by that," shares Brewer. "It literally is the model of a fairytale of the prince dressing up in pauper’s clothes and going out to find his true love. But this is a situation where a kid who has never had a father and has been struggling in Queens suddenly finds out that he is the heir to the throne of a kingdom in Africa, and that he’s got immense wealth and soon going to have a whole family to be inserted into. As much as we can go, 'Wow, that’s amazing,' that’s also pretty daunting for [Lavelle]. He’s always dreamed about meeting a father that would come along and change his life, but now there’s a lot of expectations that are placed on him. To me, the special sauce of the movie is this blended family coming together. There’s conflict, there’s comedy, but they’re working towards a lot of love."
Coming 2 America arrives March 5, 2021 on Amazon Prime Video.
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