Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall arrive in Georgia to begin filming the Coming to America sequel 30 years after original comedy
It’s been over 30 years since Coming to America hit movie screens.
And cameras are about to start rolling for the long-awaited sequel to the 1988 flick with Eddie Murphy, Prince Akeem himself, spotted landing in Macon, Georgia on Thursday ahead of filming.
The 58-year-old was photographed hopping off a private jet alongside costar Arsenio Hall as well as his girlfriend Paige Butcher in tow.
It’s happening! Eddie Murphy is seen arriving in Macon, Georgia on Thursday to begin filming the sequel to 1988 comedy Coming To America
Here for it: Arsenio Hall was also seen hopping off a private jet ahead of filming
The original story followed Akeem as he traveled to New York to try to escape an arranged marriage and find a wife.
In Coming 2 America Eddie is reprising his role as Akeem as he learns he has a long-lost son in the United States (a street-savvy Queens native named Lavelle) and must return to America to meet the unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda.
Following his dying father’s wishes, Akeem will try to find the young man and groom him to be the next prince of Zamunda as he himself ascends the throne as king.
Ready to do this: Eddie, 58, was in great spirits as he carried some notes with him off the plane
Iconic: The original story followed Akeem as he traveled to New York to try to escape an arranged marriage and find a wife
The boys are back: Arsenio is reprising his role as Akeem’s sidekick
It was revealed this week that Shari Headley would be joining Eddie in the highly anticipated follow-up.
The 55-year-old actress will reprise her role from the first movie as Lisa McDowell, the love interest and eventual wife of Eddie’s character.
James Earl Jones is also returning for the sequel, while Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones and Kiki Layne have all joined the cast.
Craig Brewer will direct the project for Paramount, and Eddie will produce alongside Kevin Misher and Kenya Barris.
Eddie previously said in a statement: ‘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 [Is My Name], and I’m looking forward to bringing all these classic and beloved characters back to the big screen.’
Kenya added: ‘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 & 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.’
The sequel is slated for release 18 December 2020.
Family in tow: Eddie’s partner Paige Butcher was seen with their son Max exiting the jet