Empire Magazine has the first image from the upcoming Beverly Hills Cop : Axel Foley, which is said to be premiering next year on Netflix.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer promises a prime performance from Murphy, telling the magazine the actor is back in action in his most iconic role. “Anytime he walks on set, you never know what you’re going to get. And it’s always pretty brilliant,” he enthuses. “Every day he’s there throws you back to the ‘80s.”
The film teams Murphy’s Axel Foley with a new sidekick, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The pair, says Bruckheimer, make for a strong comedic combo. “He gets stuck with Axel and they are hysterical together,” he promises. “Joseph is such a great straight man for Eddie.”
With Beverly Hills Cop : Axel F currently test screening – in both theaters and for a select few testers who can screen it via the app at home – and Netflix weighing up their release strategy for the Mark Molloy-directed sequel, there’s bound to be quite a bit of information from those screenings leaking. We, however, won’t be revealing any spoilers – like most of you, we’ve been waiting for a new, solid Beverly Hills Cop movie for decades now and we sure don’t want to ruin the enjoyment of seeing Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) back on screen for anyone.
While it’s been widely reported that Murphy will be reuniting with several cast members from the original trilogy in the new film, including Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Paul Reiser and Bronson Pinchot, there’s also some new faces making their series debut this time around including Joseph Gordon Levitt, Kevin Bacon, Taylour Paige,James Preston Rogers, and Damien Diaz.
We also have another name to add to the mix : Billy Bob Thornton. The Oscar winning star of Sling Blade, Armageddon and “Fargo” reportedly has a role in the film.
Now that’s quite the cast.
Stay tuned for more…
A couple of bits on the new “Beverly Hills Cop”, which is filming in L.A. as we speak.
Firstly, despite reports the film is titled “Beverly Hills Cop : Axel Foley” we hear that the movie is still officially titled “Beverly Hills Cop : Axel F” as per our recent exclusive.
In addition, fans of the original films – that’s the first two! (since his character wasn’t in the third) – will be pleased to hear that John Ashton has signed on to reprise his role as retired Sergeant John Taggart in the movie.
Ashton had kept in touch with producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who sought the veteran actor, 74, out when it came time to shoot. Ashton didn’t return for “Beverly Hills Cop 3”, directed by John Landis, because the same producers of the originals – including Bruckheimer – weren’t involved and he had a scheduling clash with another production, “Little Big League”.
Ashton joins a cast that includes returning stars Eddie Murphy and Paul Reiser, as well as Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Taylour Paige, James Preston Rogers, and James Aviel.
Mark Molloy is directing the pic, which sees Axel Foley returning to Beverly Hills to look into the death of an old friend and police corruption within the force. There, he reunites with his daughter and teams with her ex-boyfriend, a by-the-book cop on the case.
“Beverly Hills Cop 4 : Axel F” will air on Netflix.