At this point, it’s something of a no-brainer to hire Oscar-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter to clothe the fictional royalty of a fictional African nation. Having defined Wakanda for generations, she’s now moved on to the already defined Zamunda to put her spin on the national costumes of the country first introduced in 1988’s Coming to America. While it’s fun to see some old faces come back to inhabit their iconic roles, we’re LIVING FOR the gorgeous Afro-formalism of Carter’s work here. It’s less fantastical than the costumes of T’Challa and the Wakandan royal family, but the clear lines of inspiration and commitment to impeccability that defines her work are still here.
Come on, now. Miss Garcelle looks drop-dead stunning in that gown. This is going to be fun.
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.
Directed by Craig Brewer
Screenplay by Kenya Barris and Barry W. Blaustein & David Sheffield
Story by Barry W. Blaustein & David Sheffield and Justin Kanew
Based on characters created by Eddie Murphy
Produced by Kevin Misher and Eddie Murphy
Costumes by Ruth E. Carter
Executive Produced by Brian Oliver, Bradley Fischer, Valerii An, Kenya Barris, Charisse Hewitt-Webster, Michele Imperato Stabile and Andy Berman
Starring Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, KiKi Layne, Shari Headley, with Wesley Snipes and James Earl Jones. Also starring John Amos, Teyana Taylor, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Paul Bates, Nomzamo Mbatha, Bella Murphy
Amazon Studios will exclusively release “Coming 2 America” globally on Prime Video March 5th, 2021
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