Arsenio Hall is officially reuniting with Eddie Murphy for the highly anticipated Coming To America sequel.
Costume designer Ruth E. Carter, who recently won an Oscar for her work on Black Panther, shared images of the pair’s reunion on Instagram confirming the news.
Hall and Murphy were at a costume fitting session with Carter yesterday (April 8), which indicates cameras will start rolling soon with the film scheduled to be released in summer next year.
Uploading two photos from the costume fitting to Instagram, Carter posed with her Academy Award with each of the stars.
That means we don’t actually see them together in the pictures, but knowing they were there, preparing for the sequel, is exciting enough.
Carter captioned the photos with:
GOOD MORNING MY NEIGHBORS! It’s official! Preliminary fitting for Coming to America 2 with Prince Akeem, Semmi and Oscar.
At time of writing (April 9) the post has received over 22,000 likes, with the comments section being filled with love from fans excited to see Prince Akeem and Seemi back on the big screen again.
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🗣🗣GOOD MORNING MY NEIGHBORS! It’s official! Preliminary fitting for Coming to America 2 with Prince Akeem, Semmi and Oscar. . . . . . . #RuthIsComingToAmerica2 #costumedesign #costumedesigner #blackfilm #eddiemurphy #arseniohall #oscar #oscars #ComingToAmerica #ComingToAmerica2
Earlier this year Deadline reported director Craig Brewer (Hustle and Flow) was on board for the project, which would see the return of Murphy to the role of Akeem.
In a statement, Murphy said:
After many years of anticipation, I’m thrilled that Coming to America 2 is officially moving forward.
We’ve assembled a great team that will be led by Craig Brewer, who just did an amazing job on Dolemite, and I’m looking forward to bringing all these classic and beloved characters back to the big screen.
And we are looking forward to seeing how the team will be bringing these characters back in the sequel.
Deadline did share a synopsis for the film, so we believe Akeem will have to return to America after learning about a long lost son, now an unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda.
Other members of the original cast are also predicted to return including Shair Headley, John Amos and James Earl Jones, although these details are yet to be confirmed.
Kenya Barris, who is rewriting the script, promises director Brewer’s vision for the sequel is spot on:
Craig’s ability to create a distinct cinematic world with each of his films is not only impressive, but also what made him exactly the voice and vision we needed to bring this story to life.
From Hustle and Flow to his work with Eddie on Dolemite Is My Name, he never fails to blow me away. He is a true auteur and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him on board.
Fingers crossed it is just as good as the original film!
The sequel to Coming to America will hit cinemas on August 7, 2020.
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Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.