Akon is anticipating the release of Coming to America 2, the sequel to the 1988 film starring Eddie Murphy as a prince from the fictional African country Zamunda looking for love in Queens, New York. The Senegalese singer says this time around, African actors and comedians should have roles in the movie.
During an interview with TMZ on Wednesday, Akon commended the original movie as “one of the most amazing comedy films ever.” He also applauded Murphy for enlisting Black Panther costume designer Ruth Carter for the upcoming film, because the 2018 global juggernaut piqued people’s interest in the vast continent.
However, Akon said that he would like to see more African talent cast in roles for the sequel.
“I love that they’re using the Black Panther concept—it opened up a whole other avenue for people who want to be more educated on Africa,” the artist/producer/philanthropist explained. “One thing I would recommend though, although I haven’t seen the casting yet, they should cast some African comedians and African actors because the film industry in Africa is huge, it’s one of the biggest in the world.”
The artist/producer/philanthropist said comedian Michael Blackson, who is Ghanaian, would be a perfect fit for the film because he is known in the motherland and in the United States.
After more than 30 years, Murphy confirmed the news of the Coming to America follow-up in January. The comedian will produce the sequel along with Kevin Misher. Black-ish creator Kenya Barris is the executive producer and will rewrite a script for the sequel, which was crafted by Coming to America writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield.
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