Ryan Coogler had in mind Michael B. Jordan as the original actor to play Eddie Murphy’s son in a plot similar to the first film.
Since the thirty years of the original release of the classic film, there has been plenty of new actors to hit the scene with a bang and Michel B. Jordan is one of them. The sequel was originally never a thought from Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall who made a pact to not have a remake.
Black Panther director Ryan Coogler wanted Michael B. Jordan in the film, but Eddie did not feel it was a good fit. “[Coogler] had an idea for Michael B. Jordan to play my son and he would be looking for a wife,” Murphy told The New York Times. “I was like, then the movie would be about the son, it’s not our characters, we already did that. It didn’t come together.”
Eddie Murphy explained why he decided to go back on his original thought of not creating a sequel for “Coming To America. “The way the story ended was kind of like, ‘And they lived happily ever after,’” Murphy said. “Then all this time passed and the movie became this cult thing.”
“Catchphrases from the movie start working their way into the culture,” the actor continued. “Stores turning themselves into McDowell’s [where Prince Akeem worked.] I see Beyoncé and Jay-Z dressed up like the Zamunda characters for Halloween.”
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