Leslie Jones Is in Talks to Join Eddie Murphy's 'Coming to America' Sequel
The latest star poised to join is Leslie Jones. The "Saturday Night Live" cast member is in talks for a "Coming 2 America" role, THR reports. That would put her in the film alongside returning stars Murphy, James Earl Jones, and Arsenio Hall, as well as Wesley Snipes and Kiki Layne.
The sequel will follow Prince Akeem (Murphy) of the fictional African nation of Zamunda as he returns to Queens, New York to meet the son he never knew he had. To honor the wishes of his dying father (James Earl Jones), Akeem will groom this son as a new crowned prince. Hall will again play Akeem's close friend Semmi, while Layne will portray the prince's daughter. So far, no details have been revealed about either Snipes's or Jones's character.
Jones is well-known for her work in comedy. She has been an "SNL" cast member since 2014 and has starred in films such as 2016's "Ghostbusters" and "Masterminds." Additionally, she voices a character in the upcoming "The Angry Birds Movie 2."
"Coming 2 America" will be directed by Craig Brewer and produced by Murphy, Kevin Misher, and Kenya Barris. It will begin shooting later this month and is scheduled to open Dec. 18, 2020.