The highly anticipated Eddie Murphy movie Coming 2 America is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video and viewers are in awe over the palace in fictional Zamunda.
The film was was shot mostly in the Atlanta area and rapper Rick Ross‘ mansion was used for the palace.
“Our big problem was, where do we find a house that had the scale of the possibilities for a very lavish palace?” production designer Jefferson Sage told Variety. The home was used as the “bones” of the palace, though visual effects were used to “enhance the silhouette” of the home.
Ross‘ 45,000 square-foot mansion was previously owned by boxer Evander Holyfield and the home features 12 bedrooms and a dining room for 100 people. The house sits on a lot that spans 235 acres.
“That entrance foyer with the big two-story interior and double-winding staircase was perfect,” Sage said. “Off of that, there were two beautiful big rooms with giant windows and 18-foot ceilings. We used five key spaces that we turned into Zamunda.”
Set decorator Douglas A. Mowat enhanced a lot of the rooms with new colors and wallpapers and Ross decided to keep the changes.
“They changed the wallpaper in the dining room so I asked them to keep it up there,” Ross said with a laugh. “They also created that huge dining room table for a dining scene that seats 50-60 people, and they left that for me as a gift. It’s humungous.”
You can read the full piece on the set on Variety.com!