Following a bevy of announcements earlier this week, we’ve now learned that John Amos will be returning for Coming to America 2.
He joins other returners Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall James Earl Jones, Paul Bates and newcomers JermaineFowler, Kiki Layne Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Rick Ross. The film will see Akeem return to the U.S. to discover the son he never knew he had, Lavelle. No word yet if Shari Headley will return.
That April report told Shadow and Act that the character of Lavelle) Fowler as a 30-year-old Queens hustler with a heart of gold. Raised by his mother, LaVelle wants a better life for himself, which could be right around the corner as he learns that he’s the possible Zamundan heir. LaVelle “has the gift of gab, able to crack wise with humor, but is by no means a clown” and he “struggles with discipline, authority and self-motivation.” Meeka, on the other hand, is the 20-year-old “proud and principled daughter of Zamunda” who is “athletic and skilled in the art of self-defense, but she is also measured in her temperament, always seeking a calm, diplomatic solution to conflict.” Meeka is beautiful and capable, but still holds anxiety over “wanting to be the son Akeem never had.” Her challenge is to show her father her true self and “be brave with her heart.”
Coming to America 2 will be directed by Craig Brewer from a script by Kenya Barris. The film will be out in theaters in 2020.
Deadline first reported the news of Amos’ boarding the sequel.