July 29, 2021

THEN AND NOW: The cast of ‘Coming to America’ 32 years later

“Coming To America” premiered in 1988.It was an instant classic that launched careers and tickled theatergoers thanks to its stars Eddie Murphy, Shari Headley, Arsenio Hall, and James Earl Jones.Thirty-two years later and its sequel, “Coming 2 America,” is coming to Amazon Prime on March 5, 2021 with many of the film’s original stars reprising their roles.See where the modern take on the royal story has been and where it’s going below.Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.”Coming To America,” released in 1988, introduced a generation to the idealistic Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy), who hailed from the mythical African nation of Zamunda, in search of a bride he was actually in love with.Refusing to wed the bride his parents had pre-selected for him, Prince Akeem traveled to Queens, New York with his best friend Semmi (Arsenio Hall) to find the woman who could love him with or without a crown.But it turns out their fairy tale ending came with a plot twist: The upcoming sequel to the comedy classic, aptly titled “Coming 2 America,” reveals that the prince has a son he was unaware of from his youthful exploits living in the United States.Written by the original movie’s team of Murphy, Barry W. Blaustein, and David Sheffield with the help of “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris, “Coming 2 America” promises another lighthearted adventure as Akeem and Semmi return to the states to meet the unlikely heir to the throne.They’re joined by several original cast members, including Shari Headley, James Earl Jones, John Amos and Vanessa Bell Calloway, along with some new additions to the kingdom, such as Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, KiKi Layne, Wesley Snipes and Teyana Taylor.Watch the trailer for “Coming 2 America” and then scroll down below to see how far the royal family has come since the 80s.

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