In December, a trailer for Coming 2 America, the sequel to the 1988 Eddie Murphy film, emerged with a ton of nostalgia, but very little in terms of plot. The second trailer, however, confirms that the sequel won’t move the story ahead.
In the latest trailer, shared on Wednesday morning (Feb. 3), Prince (soon-to-be King) Akeem (Murphy) returns to America with Semmi (Arsenio Hall) to find his long-lost son to honor the dying wish of his father, King Jaffe Joffer (James Earl Jones). According to Zamunda law, only a male can take over the throne, which throws a wrench into Akeem and Lisa (Shari Headley)’s plans, since they have three daughters.
When Akeem finds his son, LaVelle (Jermaine Fowler), and his mama Mary (Leslie Jones), well, hijinx ensue. LaVelle isn’t too keen about the news of his birth dad until he realizes his father’s power. Tracy Morgan features as LaVelle’s uncle.
Wesley Snipes also appears as Akeem’s foil, General Izzi.
Set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, newly-crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure that has them traversing the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, New York – where it all began.
From the first trailer released back in December, loyal viewers learned King Akeem, portrayed by the incomparable Eddie Murphy returns to New York City with his trusted servant and best friend Semmi (Arsenio Hall) in search of his son, who will be the heir to the throne of Zamunda.
What the new trailer adds to the story is that the mother of the long-lost son (Jermaine Fowler) is not the child of Akeem’s wife Lisa McDowell (Shari Headley) who he met in Jamaica, Queens over three decades ago. Apparently, Akeem made a few stops before meeting the love of his life, who is less than pleased to greet their new extended family.
In the two-minute clip, viewers also learn that Akeem has multiple daughters. So why is he searching for an heir to his throne? Well, as one daughter mentions in the trailer, “A woman isn’t allowed to rule Zamunda. It’s the law,” which throws a monkey wrench into the oldest daughter’s plans as she is prepared and ready to become the heiress.
Even Queen Lisa questioned her husband, “Did it ever occur to you that that Mika wanted to be your heir?” Apparently not, as the king goes on to train (and get to know) his son with plans to present him as the next reigning king of the African country.
As for the American son, whose name is not revealed in the teaser, he gets a crash course in Zamunda’s customs and traditions, such as wild lions and, ahem, “ceremonial circumcision?” All the while, Akeem also discovers a bit more about American style and culture from the young man.
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Building off the first trailer that premiered in December, the new preview brings the action first to Queens and then the fictional country of Zamunda, where Murphy’s King Akeem faces a potential military coup led by a general played by Wesley Snipes. In order to stop the takeover, King Akeem and his confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) venture back to America to find the king’s long-lost male heir.
“Set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, newly crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure that has them traversing the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, New York — where it all began,” Amazon said of the film.
Most of the Coming to America cast returns for the second installment, including James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, Vanessa Bell Calloway, John Amos, and Paul Bates. The film also stars Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, KiKi Layne, Teyana Taylor, Nomzamo Mbatha, and Bella Murphy.
The sequel also sees the return of additional characters played by Murphy and Hall, like the Queens barbershop owners and the funk band the Randy Watson Experience.
The screenplay was written by Kenya Barris of Blackish, along with the original comedy’s screenwriters Barry W. Blaustein and David Sheffield. Hustle and Flow‘s Craig Brewer directed the sequel.