James Earl Jones (and Wesley Snipes) are all set for 'Coming 2 America'

Ben Arnold
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James Earl Jones in Coming To America (Credit: Paramount)

James Earl Jones will be once more donning his lion skin shawl to play King Jaffe Joffer, ruler of Zamunda for the sequel to Eddie Murphy classic Coming To America.

88-year-old Jones starred as the stern father of Murphy's Prince Akeem in the 1988 comedy, which is currently in pre-production.

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Jones, who recently returned to another historic movie role by once again voicing Mufasa in Disney's remake of The Lion King, is among a number of new casting announcements for the movie.

Wesley Snipes is also jumping on board, to play General Izzi, the leader of a fictional African nation which borders that of Murphy's Prince Akeem.

Wesley Snipes (Credit: Rebecca Cabage/Invision/AP)

Saturday Night Live and Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones is also joining the cast, which includes Arsenio Hall reprising his role as Akeem's right hand Semmi man and Paul Bates as royal servant Oha.

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Meanwhile, If Beale Street Could Talk actress Kiki Layne is in place to play Akeem's daughter.

The original movie, directed by John Landis, and produced by Murphy, found Prince Akeem fleeing Zamunda and an arranged marriage for America, in order to find a bride of his own choosing while posing as a foreign student.

Coming To America (Credit: Paramount)

He ends up working for James Amos's Cleo McDowell, who runs a knock-off McDonalds fast food restaurant, and falls for his daughter Lisa, played by Shari Headley.

This new instalment will find Akeem returning to the US to try and find his long lost son and heir, and bring him back to Zamunda to become his successor.

There's no release date set for the movie as yet.