Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, and James Earl Jones will all be reprising their roles from the first installment. They will be joining a list of recognizable names like Rick Ross, Leslie Jones, Wesley Snipes, and Kiki Layne.
Snipes will play a new character named General Izzi, who rules a neighboring country to Zamunda, homeland of Murphy’s Prince Akeem. Layne will play Akeem’s daughter, and Leslie Jones’ role is being kept under wraps. James Earl Jones, of course, will reprise his role as Akeem’s father, King Jaffe Joffer, with Bates as royal servant Oha.
The original 1988 film also starred Shari Headley, John Amos, Paul Bates, and many others. It was centered around Prince Akeem who traveled from Africa to find true love and while working at a fast-food restaurant he fell in love with the owner’s daughter.
The sequel will reunite the trio of Murphy, Snipes, and director Craig Brewer, who worked together on the upcoming biopic Dolemite Is My Name, which tells the tale of provocative stand-up comedian Rudy Ray Moore.