It’s been over 30 years but, in just a few months, patient fans will finally be gifted with the long-awaited sequel to Eddie Murphy’s Coming to America. The film, appropriately titled Coming 2 America, will see Murphy’s Prince Akeem and Arsenio Hall’s Semmi leave the African nation of Zamunda and return to the states to find the son Akeem never knew he had. In addition, the film will feature a number of returning cast members and a host of new characters. A highly anticipated film like this is definitely faced with gargantuan expectations, and this became very real for Arsenio Hall during a social media encounter with a fan:
Well, the fan certainly didn’t mince words when letting Arsenio Hall know how much he was expecting of the 2021 follow-up. Hall went on to admit to Complex that he had honestly never considered the weight of returning to such a beloved franchise before seeing that message:
By the sound of it, the message didn’t make Hall nervous as much as it made him change the way in which he stepped into Coming 2 America. He seems to know the challenge that lies before him and his castmates but, at the end of the day, he believes the movie will live up the hype:
Arsenio Hall chose a great way to look at the situation, as he isn’t succumbing to any kind of pressure. Because let’s be honest, at the end of the day, all the cast and crew can do is try their best and make what they believe is a quality movie. It likely won’t please everyone, but that in no way means the film won’t be good.
Many would agree that Coming 2 America has the ingredients to succeed, with a game cast and a talented director in Dolemite Is My Name’s Craig Brewer. It’ll be fun to see what the crew has planned for the upcoming comedy.
Coming 2 America arrives on Amazon Prime on March 5, 2021.
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