It’s a good day to be African up in these streets and we’re so delighted that African talent is starting to get the recognition and acknowledgement that it deserves.
Hollywood reporter broke the news that South African actress Nomzamo Mbatha and Garcelle Beauvais have joined the cast of Coming 2 America, Paramount’s sequel to its popular 1988 comedy.
The classic which stars Eddie Murphy is being directed by Craig Brewer and is said to begin shooting next week.
Among the round up of new cast members include: Tracy Morgan, Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones and KiKi Layne. While some of the old members who will be featuring will include, Hall, James Earl Jones and Shari Headley.
The first film which saw Murphy play Prince Akeem, a spoiled rich prince from the African nation of Zamunda, arrive in Queens, New York in an undercover fashion get a job at a McDonald’s knockoff while trying to find a wife.
The new story, according to Hollywood reporter, will see Akeem set to become king while discovering he has a son he never knew about from a street-savvy Queens native named Lavelle. Honoring his father’s dying wish to groom his son as a newly crowned prince, Akeem must once again return to America.
Character details and development for Nomzamo Mbatha are being kept under wraps. Beauvais is returning to one of her first-ever roles, playing a rose petal priestess.
The release date for the film has been set by Paramount as December 18, 2020.
This is tremendous news for Mbatha who in her native South Africa, has earned her acting rights and awards starring in the hit soap, Isibaya as well as the series, Umlilo. She also starred in the feature film: Tell me sweet something for which she was nominated for best actress at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.
Not only has Mbatha built a name for herself within the South African movie industry, she has also earned some global endorsements, such as being selected the ambassador for highly coveted brands such as Puma, Audi, Neutrogena and L’Oreal Hair, and she is also the current UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador.
Nomzamo, who has over time been steadfast in her craft despite going through tragedy in her personal life, has risen above the odds and continues to carry on the notion that if you work hard enough and stay consistent, you might just exceed your wildest dreams.
What a way to end off the week!