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South African Actress Nomzamo Mbatha has Joined the 'Coming 2 America' Cast

She joins Tracy Morgan, Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Kiki Layne and several others in the sequel to the 1988 comedy.

South African actress Nomzamo Mbatha, along with American actress Garcelle Beauvais, are the latest additions to the Coming 2 America cast. The sequel to the popular 1988 comedy film, will star its original leads Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall, and will be directed by Craig Brewer, Deadline reports. According to The Hollywood Reporter, production of the film is underway and shooting is set to begin next week.


Mbatha will reportedly take on one of the lead roles, although it is not clear at this point which one that will be. A few months ago, the actress moved to Los Angeles and left many South Africans wondering what she had developing in the pipeline that necessitated the move abroad.

TimesLIVE reports that Mbatha released a statement saying, "To God be the glory. It is truly unreal to me. The sacrifices have paid off. The goal was never insurmountable, but rather a path of commitment, diligent work and sacrifices by me and my team". The actress added that, "Moving to Los Angeles was a choice of faith, and God has surpassed my wildest dreams. This moment is bigger than me—this moment is for every single girl who doubts herself or just how big her God is. My life is a testament to that. My life says God is bigger than ginormous! I am grateful, I am humbled, I am honored to be cast in Coming 2 America."

While the likes of James Earl Jones, John Amos and Shari Headley will be returning to reprise their original roles, new members of the international cast include Tracy Morgan, Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Kiki Layne, Rotimi, Teyana Taylor and several others. Coming 2 America is slated to be released in December 2020.

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Kayode Kasum’s Quarantine Watchlist

From 'Wives on Strike' to 'Goodwill Hunting' here's what the Nigerian filmmaker is watching while stuck at home in Lagos.

Kayode Kasum, like most filmmakers, has been stagnated by the coronavirus pandemic. The director behind the blockbuster Sugar Rush and the critically acclaimed Oga Bolaji was working on the post-production of his upcoming movies, The Fate of Alakada: Party Planner and Kambili—a collaboration between FilmOne Entertainment and Chinese Huahua Media— when the Nigerian government announced the lockdown order.

While post-production on Alakada has concluded, the stay-at-home orders have delayed work on Kambili. "Since the team cannot meet at a single point, we are moving hard drives left and right," he says to me over the phone from his home in Lagos. "It is a challenge, but the beautiful thing about a challenge is, when you make it work, it is fulfilling."

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Kasum has turned to books and films for an escape from the unpleasant realities of the pandemic. "I have been reading Elnathan's books: Born on a Tuesday and Becoming Nigeria," he tells me. "I have also been reading film directing books, Directing Actors by Judith Weston." However, Kasum longs for the movies. "I miss going to the cinemas; I miss that experience," he says. "There are times during this pandemic that I'm like 'na wa o, I wish I can go to the cinema.'"

Below are five films he recommends you watch during this pandemic.

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