Renowned Hollywood actor Eddie Murphy is known for starring in movies like 48 Hrs, The Nutty Professor, and Beverly Hills Cop. Released in 1984, the latter is believed to be the film that earned him international recognition. The movie, widely acclaimed and commercially successful, soon prompted the creation of multiple sequels.
The actor-comedian is set to reprise his iconic role from the series, Axel Foley, in the highly anticipated fourth installment of the Beverly Hills Cop franchise. Empire magazine has recently shared an exclusive look at Murphy’s character in the movie.
Eddie Murphy Returns as Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop 4
Eddie Murphy is set to return in one of his iconic roles, Axel Foley, in the next installment of the Beverly Hills Cop film series. The movie series follows the Detroit cop pursuing dangerous criminals in Beverly Hills. Mark Molloy’s fourth installment in the series, will feature him investigating corruption in the Beverly Hills Police Department.
Empire recently released the first look at Murphy’s Axel Foley, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer also talked about the film. “Any time [Murphy] walks on set, you never know what you’re going to get,” he told Empire before adding, “And it’s always pretty brilliant. Every day he’s there throws you back to the ‘80s..”
The movie, titled Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley, is expected to bring back several actors from the original movies, along with several new characters. Kevin Bacon is joining Murphy as an LAPD special-unite officer, and the Dark Knight actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is joining the film as Axel’s new partner.
Talking about Gordon-Levitt and the Oscar-nominated actor, Bruckheimer said that the two make for a strong comedic duo. “He gets stuck with Axel, and they are hysterical together. Joseph is such a great straight man for Eddie,” he told Empire.
Reprising His Beverly Hills Cop Role Was Hard For Eddie Murphy
Actor Eddie Murphy opened up about returning to the Beverly Hills Cop series decades after the last film in a recent interview with People. He shared that playing the character in the fourth installment has been more difficult compared to the earlier films in the franchise. “It was a hard one,” he said, explaining that he played the character in his 20s and he is “not in [his] 20s anymore.”
The actor further shared, “It was an action movie. So it was a rough one. But we got through it.” He has shared that they have been trying to put together another sequel in the franchise for around 10 to 12 years. Murphy shared that he has read around five to six different scripts, but things did not work out until Jerry Bruckheimer stepped in and put everything together.
Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley will premiere on Netflix in 2024.