As plans for the sequel to a classic comedy are underway, another film legend has joined the cast. The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Wesley Snipes has joined the cast of the sequel to the Eddie Murphy/Arsenio Hall hit 80s comedy Coming To America. The Hollywood Reporter published the news late Wednesday morning.
The sequel, Coming 2 America, reunites Snipes with Murphy and director Craig Brewer, who worked together on the film Dolemite Is My Name. That film—a biopic on comedian Rudy Ray Moore—is set to premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival.
In the 1988 comedy—directed by John Landis (An American Werewolf In London, National Lampoon’s Animal House, Trading Places) and written by Murphy, David Sheffield, and Barry W. Blaustein—Murphy plays Akeem, the spoiled Prince of the fictional African nation of Zamunda who ventures to Queens, NY, in search of a change and love. The Hollywood Reporter explains the sequel’s synopsis as follows:
The new story sees Akeem returning to America in order to find his long-lost son. Arsenio Hall is already onboard to reprise his role as Akeem’s best friend. Snipes will play a new character, General Izzi, a man who rules a neighboring nation.
This film won’t be the first time Snipes has ventured into comedy. Aside from having funny one-liners and sarcastic delivery with his action roles in Passenger 57, Demolition Man, and Money Train, Snipes has turned in memorable comedy/drama performances in White Men Can’t Jump and Too Wong Foo Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar. Seeing him not only return to comedy, but perform opposite Murphy should be a delight for the actor’s fan base.
Production on Coming 2 America is set to begin this Fall.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter.