Vanessa Bell Calloway has closed her deal to return for the Coming to America sequel, now titled Coming 2 America.
She joins other returners Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, Paul Bates and newcomers Jermaine Fowler, Kiki Layne, Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Luenell 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, 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.
Variety first reported the news of Calloway’s casting.