Garcelle Beauvais is boarding the Coming to America sequel, Coming 2 America.
She will be reprising one of her earliest on-screen roles as a rose petal priestess from the original film. South African actress and Africa Movie Academy Awards nominee Nomzamo Mbatha has also joined the film in an undisclosed role.
They both join returners Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Louie Anderson and Paul Bates, alongside newcomers Jermaine Fowler, Kiki Layne, Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Luenell, Tracy Morgan, Rotimi, Teyana Taylor and Rick Ross. The film will see Akeem return to the U.S. to discover the son he never knew he had, LaVelle.
An April report told us that the character of LaVelle (Fowler) was 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 (Layne), 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 2 America will be directed by Craig Brewer from a script by Kenya Barris. The film will be out in theaters in 2020.
The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news of both of this castings on Friday.
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