South African actress and human rights activist Nomzamo Mbatha,29, has joined the cast of Coming to America, a sequel to the 1988 comedy which featured Eddie Murphy.
Mbatha and American actress Garcelle Beauvais are the latest additions to the cast, which will also feature the original cast of Eddie Murphy (Prince Akeem), James Earl Jones (King Jaffe Joffer) and Arsenio Hall (Semmi). New cast members include Jermaine Fowler, Wesley Snipes, Tracy Morgan, Leslie Jones, KiKi Layne, Rick Ross, Teyana Taylo.
The sultry star has been retweeting posts about her new role. South Africans are blowing up mentions in her feed with messages of congratulations.
As a result of her new gig and her plans to permanently settle in Los Angeles, Mbatha will say goodbye to her local fans from the Mzansi Magic soapie, Isibaya.
The actress, known as Thandeka on the show, moved to the US earlier this year to pursue her acting dreams.
The actress said in a statement that she was “speechless to be a part of a project of this magnitude”.
“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.”
Nomzamo moved to Los Angeles, California some months ago and said the choice was made in the hope that projects such as these would be available.
“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.”