James Earl Jones returning for ‘Coming To America’ sequel

Craig Brewer is directing the follow-up to the 1988 hit comedy.

Coming to AmericaDeadline is reporting  James Earl Jones will be reprising his role as King Jaffe Joffer in Paramount’s Coming to America sequel.  Rick Ross has joined, with Paul Bates returning as Oha in the sequel to Eddie Murphy’s comedic classic which has many of the original cast members in the new installment currently being filmed in Atlanta.

In the sequel, Akeem (Eddie Murphy) is set to become King of Zamunda but discovers he has a son he never knew about in America – a street-savvy Queens native named Lavelle. Honoring his father’s dying wish to groom this son as the crowned prince, Akeem and Semmi (Arsenio Hall) set off to America to meet the unlikely heir. Craig Brewer is directing the follow-up to the 1988 hit comedy. Kenya Barris is penning. The sequel hits screens on Dec. 18, 2020.

Jones recently reprised his role as Mufasa in Disney’s $1.2 billion-grossing The Lion King. Jones was nominated for a best actor Oscar for 1971’s The Great White Hope and many know him quite well as the voice of Darth Vader. He is repped by APA and Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano. Ross starred recently in such pics as “Superfly” and Uncle Drew. John Amos is set to return as Cleo McDowell, the owner of McDowell’s, a spoof of McDonald’s. Vanessa Bell Calloway, who played the role of Prince Akeem’s arranged wife, will also be in the sequel.

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