Less than a year after moving to Los Angeles, California to focus on building her acting career, Durban born actress, Nomzamo Mbatha, has snagged a role as one of the leads in Coming 2 America, the much-anticipated sequel to the 1988 film Coming to America.
This announcement comes hot on the heels of her successful showcasing at Durban International Film Festival of her first short-film 2 Grams and a Sunrise – a production for which she was both the talent and the producer.
Mbatha will be joining a star-studded cast, which includes the original cast of Eddie Murphy (Prince Akeem), James Earl Jones (King Jaffe Joffer), Arsenio Hall (Semmi), alongside new cast members Jermaine Fowler, Kiki Layne, Teyana Taylor, to name a few.
“I’m rendered speechless to be a part of a project of this magnitude, and it being a classic! 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,” said Mbatha on her addition to the cast.
“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 honoured to be cast in Coming 2 America.”
Craig Brewer is directing the movie which is currently in production, in Atlanta, Georgia. Brewer recently directed Netflix’s Dolemite Is My Name.
He will be working alongside Kevin Misher, Eddie Murphy, and Kenya Barris who are producing the film which is slated to arrive in theatres in December 2020.