Shari Headley Returning for Coming to America Sequel
According to Deadline, Shari Headley is set to reprise her role as Lisa McDowell in Paramount’s Coming to America sequel. The actress joins recently announced Emmy-nominated actress Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live, 2016’s Ghostbusters), Kiki Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk, The Old Guard), Wesley Snipes, newcomer Jermaine Fowler, and Rick Ross, along with original stars Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, and Paul Bates.
In addition, singer Teyana Taylor and comedian Michael Blackson have also been cast for the sequel with Emmy winner Louie Anderson (Baskets) set to reprise his role as Maurice.
Coming 2 America will follow Akeem, now set to become king, discovering he has a son he never knew about, a street-savvy Queens native named Lavelle. Honoring his father’s dying wish to groom his son as a new crowned prince, Akeem must once again return to America. The film will be directed by Craig Brewer, who previously worked with Paramount Pictures on Hustle & Flow, Blake Snake Moan and the 2011 Footloose remake. black-ish creator Kenya Barris penned the script.
The original film was directed by John Landis and starred Murphy as a wealthy African prince who comes to Queens, New York posing as a poor man to search for a bride.
Headley recently appeared in Sony’s Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, and can next be seen in Showtime’s dark comedy series, On Becoming a God in Central Florida alongside Kirsten Dunst.
The follow-up to the acclaimed 1988 comedy has landed a December 18, 2020 release date.
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