KiKi Layne Cast As Prince Akeem's Daughter In 'Coming To America 2,' Joining Jermaine Fowler

August 07 2019

KiKi Layne has been cast as the daughter of Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) in Coming to America 2. 

She is the latest in a string of Tuesday casting revelations for the film, including returners James Earl Jones and Paul Bates and newcomers Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones and Rick Ross. They all join the previously-announced Murphy, Arsenio Hall and Jermaine Fowler. The film will see Akeem return to the U.S. to discover the son he never knew he had, Lavelle (presumably Fowler).

According to The Hollywood Reporter, who broke the news of Layne and Jones' casting, Layne will play Akeem's daughter, who is "burdened with feeling like she is the son her father never had."

The news of Layne's casting finally confirms the initial reports that the film would feature two Zamundan heirs, Lavelle and Meeka. That April report said that "LaVelle" was a 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.

Layne, who made her debut in Barry Jenkins' critically-acclaimed film, If Beale Street Could Talk, has the action film The Old Guard with Charlize Theron next on her list.

 

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by Trey Mangum on August 07 2019

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