Axel Foley, one of the most iconic characters of Eddie Murphy’s career, will triumphantly return in the upcoming Beverly Hills Cop 4 titled Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F. The movie is in post-production and is confirmed to hit Netflix in July 2024.
Beverly Hills Cop 4 is an upcoming Netflix Original comedy film and the fourth installment of the Beverly Hills Cop franchise. Netflix was first announced to receive the movie back in November 2019.
After years of delays, rewrites, and moving to a different studio in 2019, it was confirmed that the long-awaited sequel would be distributed exclusively by Netflix. Its last major delay was back in 2015 when Paramount yanked the movie from its supposed 2016 release.
Jerry Bruckheimer Films is the studio behind Beverly Hills Cop 4’s production, directed by Australian director Mark Molloy (known for Apple at work – The Underdogs). That’s after Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah departed the project in April 2022.
Jerry Bruckheimer, Melissa Reid, and Eddie Murphy are producers of the movie, while Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, and Will Beall serve as writers.
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Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F Plot: What to expect from fourth instalment
As you know, it’s been nearly 30 years since the release of Beverly Hills Cop 3, and you would’ve thought we’d now have a retired Axel Foley returning to the LAPD.
Here’s what we know so far:
“Axel Foley returns to Beverly Hills once more after receiving a phone call from an old friend warning that his estranged daughter Jane might be in danger. Quickly making new enemies as he teams up with Jane and her ex, Detective Bobby Tapia, Axel finds himself caught up in a conspiracy stretching between deadly cartels, even the Beverly Hills Police.”
A first look at the new movie was revealed by Empire Magazine on November 10th, 2023.
A teaser trailer was then released for the movie on December 14th, and it has since picked up over 24 million views on YouTube alone.
Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F Cast: Who’s starring in the Netflix movie?
Headlining the movie Beverly Hills Cop 4 is Eddie Murphy, who will be reprising his iconic role as Axel Foley.
The past few years have seen a revival of Murphy’s career, he was excellent in his comeback feature Dolemite Is My Name. Not to mention the incredibly successful Coming 2 Amercia (2021) on Amazon Prime, which was watched for 1.4 billion minutes in its opening week.
On August 29th, 2022, Deadline revealed two new cast members for the fourth installment and confirmed the movie’s title as per our previous reporting.
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Project Power, The Trial the Chicago 7)
- Taylour Paige (Zola, Sharp Stick)
Speaking to Variety, Gordon-Levitt said fans of the original movies won’t be disappointed and praised Eddie Murphy, saying:
“There’s a reason Eddie Murphy is Eddie Murphy — and that will be very clear to anybody watching this movie. Going to work on ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ isn’t like work. You think my life is a dream. I’m riding in a helicopter next to Eddie Murphy, and we’re making each other laugh.”
Following rumors, John Ashton and Judge Reinhold will return for Beverly Hills Cop 4. We got official confirmation on September 21st, 2022 that it was the case alongside the news that some other previous faces will appear, too:
- Judge Reinhold will return to play Detective Billy Rosewood
- John Ahston will return to play Sargeant Taggart
- Paul Reiser will return to play Jeffrey
- Bronson Pinchot will return to play Serge
In late September 2022, it was announced that Kevin Bacon (Footloose, Mystic River) will be appearing in the new movie.
Rounding out the cast includes:
- James Preston Rogers (Outlander) as Kurtz
- Damien Diaz (Shamless) as Sam Enriquez
- Joseph Aviel (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) as Silva
- Michael Camp (Magnum P.I.) as Deputy Maples
- Chantal Nchako (The Mad Whale)
What is the production status of Beverly Hills Cop 4?
It took a while for the movie to start production, but the movie entered pre-production in February 2022.
According to Variety Insight, in early 2022, the new movie was set to film in Detroit, Michigan, and Los Angeles, California. ProductionWeekly notes that some of the filmings will take place in San Bernardino and Los Angeles, California.
It was confirmed earlier in 2022 that production was likely to get underway in 2022, given that the California Film Commission granted Netflix a whopping $15,759,000 in tax credits for the movie.
Since pre-production was announced, Mark Molly replaced Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah as the movie’s directors.
Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F. did get underway with filming on August 29th, 2022 with filming wrapping up in October of that year.
Below, you can see some of the shots for the movie:
On September 24th, they filmed a risky helicopter landing scene outside the Beverly Hills Police Department.
When will Beverly Hills Cop 4: Axel Foley be released on Netflix?
As part of Netflix’s slate reveal for 2024 in January, Netflix confirmed that the movie is scheduled for the July 4th weekend; Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F is scheduled to drop on Netflix globally on July 3rd, 2024.
Eddie Murphy fans will also want to check out Netflix’s You People movie, which debuted in early 2023 with Murphy in a lead role.
It’s also worth noting that Variety stated at the time of the original announcement of the fourth movie that the deal also means that Netflix would produce an additional sequel should this entry do well.
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