More news about Coming to America 2 is coming to light. According to Observer, sources say Paramount is casting for two young leads who could be vying for the title of Zamunda's heir.
The two characters have been revealed as LaVelle and Meeka. LaVelle is 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. According to Observer, 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."
The characters are providing us with a little more insight as to how the film will play out. Instead of being a pure comedy about Akeem finding out he might have an heir, it seems like it's going to be more about a test of wills between two siblings who must deal with each other and their claim to the throne. If this were a drama, it could be a great film about palace intrigue. But since it's a comedy, we're naturally expecting the humor to be as good or better than the 1988 original.
Coming to America 2 stars Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, and James Earl Jones. The script is by Kenya Barris and directed by Craig Brewer. Ruth E. Carter has also announced coming to the film as a costume designer. The film will be in theaters Aug. 7. 2020.