Eddie Murphy is set to make a dazzling comeback as Axel Foley, offering fans a first glimpse of his return in the upcoming Beverly Hills Cop 4. Murphy initially portrayed the Detroit cop in 1984’s Beverly Hills Cop, directed by Martin Brest. The success of the film led to sequels in 1987 and 1994, titled Beverly Hills Cop 2 and Beverly Hills Cop 3, respectively. Now, the eagerly anticipated Beverly Hills Cop 4 is currently in the works.
Empire has unveiled an exclusive preview image featuring Murphy reprising his iconic role as Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop. The snapshot captures Murphy amidst a throng of onlookers armed with cell phones, resembling a swarm of paparazzi.
While the plot details for Beverly Hills Cop 4, officially titled Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley, remain largely under wraps, it’s known that the sequel has been decades in the making. Originally announced in the 1990s after the release of Beverly Hills Cop 3, the project underwent multiple setbacks before evolving into the current iteration set to grace the big screen.
Scheduled for release at least three decades after Beverly Hills Cop 3 hit theaters in 1994 (with a 2024 release yet to be confirmed), the film promises to be a long-awaited addition to the beloved franchise. Notably, Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley will feature the return of several original cast members, including Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, and Bronson Pinchot. Excitement builds with the inclusion of new cast members such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Taylour Paige, and Kevin Bacon. Gordon-Levitt takes on the role of Foley’s new partner, Paige portrays a criminal defense lawyer and Foley’s daughter, while Bacon assumes the character of an LAPD special-unit officer.
The unveiled image hints at Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley’s adaptation to a modern-era setting, with background characters wielding iPhones, marking a departure from its 1984 origins. As more details emerge about the film’s plot, it remains intriguing to witness how the narrative navigates this time jump, adding an extra layer of anticipation to the development of Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley.