Jermaine Fowler is the first new actor added to Coming to America 2.
The news was first reported by Variety on Tuesday, which read that Fowler would be one of the leads alongside a returning Eddie Murphy. If previous reports are believed to be true, Fowler is one of two young leads (one male and one female) that will be at the focal point of the film.
That April report from Observer said that the two leads were LaVelle and Meeka, the heirs both vying for the Zamundan throne. Fowler is likely playing the character known right now to be "LaVelle," described 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." A second report from Moviehole has called this character "Mirembe."
While deals have not been officially announced, Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley and James Earl Jones are expected to return for the sequel. The script is by Kenya Barris (rewritten from the original film's writers, Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield) and directed by Craig Brewer. Oscar winner Ruth E. Carter is the costume designer.
The film will be in theaters Aug. 7. 2020. Fowler, who starred in Superior Donuts as one of the first Black male comedy leads for CBS in years, is also developing a comedy at the network with Larry Wilmore and Quinta Brunson. He also starred in Boots Riley's Sorry to Bother You opposite Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson.