Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Eddie Murphy are confirmed to star in the upcoming film “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley.
Joseph is widely recognized for movies like “Inception,” “500 Days of Summer,” “Lincoln,” and “The Dark Knight Rises.” His most recent work includes “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” and also voiced Jiminy Cricket in Disney’s live-action remake “Pinocchio.”
Eddie first appeared in the original 1984’s hit “Beverly Hills Cop.” He portrayed as Foley a police officer from Detroit who pursues a case in Beverly Hills to figure out the killer who murdered his friend. The Beverly Hills film franchise proceeded with two movies in 1987 and 1994, and after many years, production on the much anticipated third movie has already commenced.
Jerry Bruckheimer, the producer for the first film, in a statement a few years ago in an interview, “Beverly Hills Cop was an enormous success. People don’t realize how big it really was. It was the highest-grossing R-rated movie until recently with The Hangover, and you know how many years that is. So it was a phenomenal success.
“The conventional wisdom back then,” he proceeded with a chuckle, “is that Paramount was really worried about having Eddie star in it, because, you know, for the African American actors who were there, there was a belief that there was a real ceiling on the gross of what they could do, especially in a lead character. But we only believed in Eddie’s talent and, fortunately for us, Paramount ultimately joined us in that.”
Currently, there is no concrete information about “Beverly Hills Cop IV.” (the new movie is in early preparation), though we can only imagine that Axel Foley (Murphy) is still going to be like a fish without its water. “Oh, absolutely,” Bruckheimer asserted. “Even more so. There are so many things we’re going to have fun with, with Eddie on this one.”
“Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley” is being held by Mark Molloy and the script is penned by Will Beall who has also previously penned hit movies like “Aquaman” and Zack Snyder’s “Justice League.” Serving as producers of the film are Eddie Murphy, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Chad Oman, while the film is executive produced by Charisse Hewitt-Webster and Ray Angelic and Melssa Reid serving as co-producer.
The film is scheduled for 2023 though an official air date is yet to be determined.