Coming 2 America: release date UK, cast, trailer - and how to watch Eddie Murphy comedy sequel on Amazon Prime

The sequel of Coming to America will be aired more than 30 years after the original film was released in 1988 and star Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley and James Earl Jones
Coming 2 America, starring Eddie Murphy as Akeem Joffer, is set to be released. (Pic: PA)Coming 2 America, starring Eddie Murphy as Akeem Joffer, is set to be released. (Pic: PA)
Coming 2 America, starring Eddie Murphy as Akeem Joffer, is set to be released. (Pic: PA)

It’s the moment fans of the comedy Coming to America have waited more than 30 years for, as the film’s hotly-anticipated sequel is released.

Coming 2 America, starring Eddie Murphy as Akeem Joffer, will finally be aired in March 2021 after a disrupted schedule due to the ongoing Covid pandemic.

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The sequel was initially scheduled for a cinematic release through Paramount Pictures in the summer of 2020 before the full extent of the coronavirus outbreak became apparent.

Its distribution rights have since changed hands - leading to its release on a streaming platform.

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Here's all you need to know about Coming 2 America's release, when it'll be screened, who will star alongside Murphy and how to watch the sequel in the UK.

When is the Coming 2 America release date?

Coming 2 America is scheduled to be aired on Friday 5 March 2021.

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Its release will come seven months after the film was originally scheduled for audiences, after a drawn out sale of the distribution rights following the start of the Covid pandemic.

Many theatres have closed due to the outbreak which has halted the release of many films, including the latest James Bond blockbuster starring Daniel Craig.

In October 2020, Amazon Studios bought the distribution rights from Paramount Pictures for a reported $125 million (£90m) for it to be screened digitally.

Who is in the Coming 2 America cast?

Coming 2 America features a star studded cast of Hollywood actors alongside Murphy (Prince / King Akeem Joffer) and Arsenio Hall (Akeem’s best friend and aide Semmi).

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The cast also includes Jermaine Fowler (Lavelle Junson), Leslie Jones (Mary Junson), Tracy Morgan (Reem Junson), KiKi Layne (Princess Meeka Joffer), Shari Headley (Queen Lisa Joffer), Wesley Snipes (General Izzi), Teyana Taylor (Bopoto Izzi), James Earl Jones (King Jaffe Joffer), John Amos (Cleo McDowell) and rumours of Morgan Freeman featuring.

In an interview with All Hip Hop, Murphy let slip that an Oscar winner had been enticed to join the film’s cast, saying: “We got most of the cast back and Wesley Snipes, Morgan Freeman and Tracy Morgan.”

What is in the Coming 2 America trailer?

Prince Akeem became one of Murphy's most memorable characters in the first instalment of Coming to America in 1988.

The sequel will see him return to the African nation of Zamunda where Akeem will inherit the throne from his father.

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Akeem returns to America to find the son he never knew he had and groom him as the next crown prince.

How can I watch Coming 2 America in the UK?

The much talked about sequel, Coming 2 America, is scheduled for a digital release through Amazon’s streaming service Prime Video on 5 March 2021.

Viewers wanting to watch Coming 2 America on the streaming platform can do so by subscribing to Amazon Prime Video.

Newcomers to the service are being offered a 30-day free trial before a monthly cost automatically kicks in if not cancelled.

Other films new to Amazon Prime in March include Ghostbusters II, The Breakfast Club, Argo, The Lincoln Lawyer, Hall Pass, Magic Mike XXL, Aquaman and Hotel Transylvania 2.