THE long-awaited sequel to the iconic comedy Coming to America will launch worldwide in over 240 countries and territories on Prime Video on 5 March, 2021.

It stars Mzansi’s very own Nomzamo Mbatha, who announced her big role last year.

It has been announced that Amazon Studios has acquired worldwide rights to Coming 2 America from Paramount Pictures.

Set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, newly-crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure that has them traversing the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, New York – where it all began.

Original cast favourites from Coming to America return, including King Jaffe Joffer (James Earl Jones), Queen Lisa (Shari Headley), Cleo McDowell (John Amos), Maurice (Louie Anderson) and the motley barbershop crew.

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Joining this star-studded ensemble are Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, Jermaine Fowler, Bella Murphy, Rotimi, KiKi Layne and Teyana Taylor, making Coming 2 America the most anticipated comedy film of the year.

Coming to America was a cultural phenomenon that is one of the most loved and celebrated comedies of all time,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “Thanks to Eddie Murphy’s comedic genius along with the brilliant filmmakers, writers and fabulous cast, we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate this new adventure. We know audiences around the world will fall in love with this hilarious, joyful movie that will surely become a timeless favourite.”

Producer Kevin Misher said: “What could be better than a return to Zamunda? We are so excited for Amazon Studios to bring Eddie Murphy and Coming 2 America to a worldwide audience where they can laugh again with characters they have loved for 30 years, and meet new ones that they will love for years to come.”

Coming 2 America is directed by Craig Brewer, from Paramount Pictures, in association with New Republic Pictures and produced by Eddie Murphy Productions and Misher Films.

Coming to America opened in theatres in 1988 to become a box office sensation, achieving over $288 million in total worldwide box office gross.

The comedy was translated to over 25 languages around the globe.