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X-Men Star Eric Dane Reportedly in Talks for Villain Role in Will Smith’s Bad Boys 4

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It’s been three years since the third installment in the Bad Boys franchise, Bad Boys for Life was released, and up until a while ago, meager updates were provided concerning the fourth film. But after uncertain timelines and stunted development, Bad Boys 4 finally picked up the pace with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence officially confirming their return to the movie.

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Will Smith in Bad Boys for Life (2020)

While little to no information has been divulged on the film’s storyline and cast, rumor has it that Eric Dane, who has played antagonistic roles in several projects, is in the works to star as the villain in Bad Boys 4.

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Eric Dane Rumored to Portray A Villain in Bad Boys 4

Popular for playing Dr. Mark Sloan in ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Eric Dane is reportedly set to make it to the fourth installment of Bad Boys as a major villainous character. Dane, 50, even has some experience in that department.

Eric Dane
Eric Dane

In Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), Dane portrayed a supporting antagonist called Jamie Madrox, aka, Multiple Man. He recently took over as the secondary antagonist in Sam Levinson’s HBO drama, Euphoria, wherein he stepped into the shoes of Nate Jacobs’ (Jacob Elordi) strict and brutal father, Cal Jacobs. Dane also played the bad guy in Abigail Cowen-led 2022 drama titled Redeeming Love. So, it’s safe to say that he’d easily fit in as the villain in the Will Smith-led film.

However, Dane’s part in the movie hasn’t been confirmed yet so the rumor should be taken with a pinch of salt.

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All We Know About Bad Boys 4 

Sony Pictures has confirmed that the movie is in its early pre-production stages, as per Variety. While Bad Boys 4 was said to have been in the works right after the third film dropped, it only went into development a few months back in January 2023.

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Martin Lawrence and Will Smith to return for Bad Boys 4

Not to mention, Smith’s Oscar controversy with Chris Rock planted a seed of doubt concerning the Emancipation star’s involvement in Bad Boys 4. But the film’s producer himself reassured that Smith, 54, wasn’t being dropped from the project. That being said, Smith and Martin Lawrence will both be reprising their respective roles as Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett in the forthcoming film.

Jerry Bruckheimer will oversee production Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are set to helm Bad Boys 4 with Chris Bremner, who also served as the writer on Bad Boys for Life, taking over the upcoming film’s script.

Further cast and story details haven’t been disclosed yet.

No release date has been attached to Bad Boys 4.

Source: Twitter

Written by Khushi Shah

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