Vincent Sandoval/Getty ImagesWith the production of the highly anticipated sequel to Coming to America now underway, Eddie Murphy appears to be open to the casting of one real-life African comedian.
In an interview with TMZ, Murphy responded to rap star Akon‘s recent petition for Murphy to hire African actors for his film. Murphy says he already has an eye on someone special.
“Yeah, there’s one funny African– that’s Michael Blackson,” he says and laughs.
TMZ reportedly followed up with Blackson about Murphy’s response. Blackson says he’d be 100 per cent on board for any role if he gets the call.
“That would be life changing!!! he said. “Everyone in the world is gonna watch that movie.”
The original Coming To America starred Murphy as Akeem Joffer, prince of the fictional African nation of Zamunda. In an effort to find a wife, Akeem, along with his trusty assistant Semmi, played by Arsenio Hall, decide to travel to Queens, NY.
As previously noted, Murphy and Hall are expected to reprise their roles, with black-ish creator Kenya Barris rewriting a script from original Coming to America writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield.
Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer has signed on to helm the project, which Murphy’s also producing. The two recently worked together on the Netflix comedy Dolemite Is My Name, which follows the story of real-life comedian Rudy Ray Moore.
Although official details of the film are still forthcoming, Sheffield told ABC’s Good Morning America back in June 2018 that the film will follow Akeem after he learns that he has a son, and returns to America to meet him.
Coming to America 2 is set to hit theaters August 7, 2020.