The Coming 2 America cast is led by Eddie Murphy and brings back several of his Coming to America castmates. Now streaming on Amazon Prime, the 2021 sequel was directed by Craig Brewer, and includes several special appearances from big names in pop culture, along with numerous high-profile cameos. Murphy himself even plays multiple characters, so audiences may need some clarity about who’s who.
In Coming 2 America, Prince Akeem (Murphy) is set to be King of Zamunda but worries about not having a legitimate male heir. Shortly before his father passes away, it’s revealed that Akeem actually has a son named Lavelle in Queens, New York – the result of a drunken one-night stand with a woman named Mary Junson. Hoping to follow proper Zamunda customs, Akeem brings his birth son to Africa and trains him to be a respectable prince, but doesn’t fully consider how this decision will affect his wife and three daughters.
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Coming 2 America‘s cast features 10 character reprisals from the original film, with Murphy at the forefront. Since Coming 2 America is about family and the role of women, the inclusion of female performers such as Leslie Jones and KiKi Layne adds some extra depth, both in terms of comedy and drama. The film also includes a variety of well-known musicians in minor roles, along with two of America’s most recognizable TV hosts.
Eddie Murphy As Prince Akeem
Eddie Murphy reprises his role as Akeem Joffer, an African King who learns that he has a son and grooms him to be a proper prince, even though his birth daughter has the appropriate skills to be a queen. Akeem values tradition and slowly discovers that perhaps it’s time to make some changes within the royal family. Murphy rose to fame during the early ’80s as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. He also starred in the Beverly Hills Cop franchise, and later headlined The Nutty Professor as Sherman Klump. During the 21st century, Murphy has voiced Donkey in the Shrek franchise and earned an Oscar nomination for his supporting performance in Dreamgirls. Most recently, he starred as Rudy Ray Moore in the 2019 Netflix film Dolemite Is My Name. In Coming 2 America, Murphy also reprises his roles as the barbershop characters Mr. Clarence and Saul, and also the Sexual Chocolate lead singer Randy Watson.
Arsenio Hall As Semmi
Arsenio Hall reprises his role as Semmi, Akeem’s aide and best friend. He watches over the King as he attempts to follow royal traditions and rules. Hall is best known for hosting The Arsenio Hall Show from 1989 to 1994. In Coming 2 America, he also reprises his roles as Morris and Reverend Brown, in addition to a new witch doctor character named Baba.
Jermaine Fowler As Lavelle Junson
Jermaine Fowler co-stars as Lavelle Junson, Akeem’s son who grew up in Queens, New York. He’s chastised for not having the appearance of an African prince, and tries his best to learn the family traditions. After falling in love with his personal groomer, Lavelle plans a return to America. Fowler portrayed Salvador in Sorry to Bother You and Russell in Crashing. He also voiced Pete Repeat in BoJack Horseman and recently appeared as Mark Clark in Judas and the Black Messiah.
Leslie Jones As Mary Junson
Leslie Jones portrays Mary Junson, a Queens native who had a one-night stand with Akeem while he was high and drunk in the ’80s. As the mother of Lavelle, she’s especially protective of her son’s well-being but also enjoys her new status as the mother of an African prince. Jones is a former Saturday Night Live cast member who portrayed Patty Tolan in Ghostbusters (2016). She also appeared as Scanlon in Masterminds and Dr. Maggie Gravel in Death to 2020 on Netflix.
Tracy Morgan As Uncle Reem
Tracy Morgan appears as Uncle Reem, Mary’s brother. After essentially raising Lavelle as his son, he’s concerned about him transforming into a different person, one who wants to please others rather than staying true to himself. A former Saturday Night Live cast member, Morgan starred as Tracy Jordan in 30 Rock. He also portrayed Paul in Cop Out and headlines The Last O.G. as Tray Barker.
KiKi Layne As Meeka
KiKi Layne portrays Meeka, Akeem and Lisa’s oldest daughter who seems destined to be queen but must instead accept that Lavelle is the rightful heir, according to Zamunda customs. Layne portrayed Tish Rivers in If Beale Street Could Talk and Bessie in Native Son. She recently co-starred as Nile in The Old Guard on Netflix.
Shari Headley As Lisa
Shari Headley reprises her role as Lisa, Akeem’s love interest from the original film. Now Queen, she’s protective of her eldest daughter Meeka and isn’t particularly excited when Lavelle and his mother show up in Zamunda. Headley portrayed Officer Mimi Reed Frye in All My Children and D.A. Jennifer Sallison in The Haves and the Have Nots. She recently appeared as Harmony in On Becoming a God in Central Florida.
Wesley Snipes As General Izzi
Wesley Snipes portrays General Izzi, the leader of Nextdoria who wants to arrange a marriage with the royal family for financial purposes. He’s a scheming character but also doesn’t seem that threatening, at least not on the surface. In the ’80s, Snipes appeared as Mini Max in Michael Jackson’s music video for “Bad” and later starred as Willie Mays Hayes in Major League. In the ’90s, he developed into an action star with lead roles in Demolition Man and Blade. He recently portrayed D’Urville in Dolemite Is My Name and Damon Moore in Paper Empire.
James Earl Jones As King Jaffe Joffer
James Earl Jones reprises his role as King Jaffe Joffer, Akeem’s father who is concerned that he doesn’t have a legitimate male heir. Before passing away, he discovers that Akeem does indeed have a son in Queens, New York. Jones voices Darth Vader in the Star Wars franchise and portrayed Terence Mann in Field of Dreams. He also appeared as Admiral Greer in The Hunt for Red October and recently voiced Mufasa in The Lion King.
John Amos As Cleo McDowell
John Amos reprises his role as Lisa’s father, Cleo McDowell, the owner of fast food franchise called McDowell’s. He extended his company to Zamunda, and doesn’t seem ashamed that he ripped off the entire business model for McDonald’s. Amos portrayed James Evans, Sr. in Good Times and Grant in Die Hard 2. He recently appeared as Ed in The Ranch.
Coming 2 America’s Returning Cast & Characters
Paul Bates as Oha: Akeem’s royal servant who often sings during ceremonies. Paul Bates portrayed Marty in True Romance and Manny in 8 Mile. He recently had a small role as Officer Whitcomb in The Conners season 1.
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Garcelle Beavais as Rose Bearer Priestess: A royal rose bearer at Akeem’s Zamunda mansion. Garcelle Beavais portrayed Nicole in Bad Company and Doris Toomes in Spider-Man: Homecoming. She also appeared as Veronica Garland in Tell Me a Story.
Vanessa Bell Calloway as Imani Izzi: General Izzi’s daughter who was left at the alter by Prince Akeem in Coming to America. In the sequel, she barks like a dog. Vanessa Bell Calloway portrayed Jackie in What’s Love Got to Do with It and Grace Calloway in Daylight. She recently appeared as Carol Fisher in Shameless.
Louie Anderson as Maurice: Cleo’s longtime employee who develops a new sandwich made out of grass. Louie Anderson starred as Louie Lundgren in The Louie Show and Christine Baskets in Baskets. Search Party fans may also know him as Bob.
Clint Smith as Sweets: A barbershop regular who listens to Mr. Clarence and Saul bicker. Clint Smith is a former Saturday Night Live cast member who appeared as Leroy in 48 Hrs.
Coming 2 America’s New Cast & Characters
Teyana Taylor as Bopoto: General Izzi’s daughter who is offered to Lavelle. She’s a striking woman and an impressive performer but doesn’t express any opinions of her own. A popular recording artist, Teyana Taylor portrayed Steph in The Love Section and London Scott in Hit the Floor. She was the featured dancer in Kanye West’s music video for “Fade”.
Nomzamo Mbatha as Mirembe: Lavelle’s royal groomer in Africa who discusses backwards Zamundan traditions. She eventually becomes Lavelle’s lover and wants to start her own business. Nomzamo Mbatha is a South African actress who portrayed Vivian in All About Love and Thandeka in Isibaya.
Bella Murphy as Omma: Akeem and Lisa’s middle daughter. Bella Murphy makes her movie debut in Coming 2 America. She’s the daughter of Eddie Murphy.
Akiley Love as Tinashe: Akeem and Lisa’s youngest daughter who displays her athletic skills. Akiley Love makes her movie debut in Coming 2 America.
Rotimi as Iddi Izzi: General Izzi’s son who is introduced as a potential husband for Meeka. Rotimi portrayed Darius Morrison in Boss and Ezra in Divergent. He also appeared as Dre in Power.
Trevor Noah as Totatsi Bibinyana: The host on the Zamunda News Network who announces that Akeem has a legitimate son. A popular stand-up comedian, Trevor Noah voiced Griot in Black Panther and currently hosts The Daily Show.
Luenell as Livia: Mary’s sister and Lavelle’s aunt. Luenell portrayed Rhonda in Californication and Wendy in Lopez.
Michael Blackson as Nexdorian Lieutenant: A thin soldier who introduces General Izzi at the beginning of the film. Michael Blackson portrayed Howard in The Savages and Mr. Wooky in Meet the Blacks.
Rick Ross as Nexdorian Commander: A large soldier who informs General Izzi that Akeem returned to Africa with a son. A famous hip-hop artist, Rick Ross appeared as Racks in SuperFly and had a small role in Uncle Drew.
Colin Jost as Calvin Duke: A Duke & Duke boss who interviews Lavelle for a job position. Colin Jost co-hosts the Weekend Update segment on Saturday Night Live and recently appeared as Ben in Tom and Jerry.
Coming 2 America’s Cameos
Morgan Freeman as Himself: Morgan Freeman introduces En Vogue and Salt-N-Pepa at a funeral ceremony for King Jaffe Joffer. He’s best known for starring as Somerset in Se7en and Red in The Shawshank Redemption.
Gladys Knight as Herself: At King Jaffe Joffer’s funeral, Gladys Knight performs a variation of “Midnight Train to Georgia” called “Midnight Train from Zamunda”. A seven-time Grammy winner, she’s the former lead singer of Gladys Knight and the Pips. She recently appeared as the Bee in The Masked Singer.
En Vogue as Themselves (Terry Ellis, Rhona Bennett, Cindy Herron-Braggs): En Vogue performs “Whatta King” at King Jaffe Joffer’s funeral. The R&B group is best known for early ’90s hits like “Hold On,” “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It),” and “Whatta Man”.
Salt-N-Pepa as Themselves (Cheryl James, Sandra Denton): Salt-N-Pepa performs with En Vogue during the funeral sequence. They are best known for early ’90s hip-hop singles like “Let’s Talk About Sex,” “Shoop,” and “Whatta Man” (with En Vogue).
Davido as Himself: Davido appears during a late-movie performance sequence. The Nigerian-American singer/producer has released four studio albums since 2012, and has a large following in Africa.
Dikembe Mutombo as Himself: Former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo appears during a party sequence with Mirembe. He’s interrupted by Lavelle and delivers his trademark finger wag.
John Legend as Himself: John Legend sings “Coming 2 America” on the soundtrack and appears during a post-movie credits sequence.
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