Eddie Murphy is bringing the much loved Beverly Hills Cop movies to television, but isn’t the star this time. The movie that made Eddie Murphy famous is now being produced by the award winning actor and will star the very funny young comedian Brandon T. Jackson. Jackson will play Axel Foley’s (Eddie Murphy’s) son, who is also a also a police officer that gets into just as much trouble as his dad used to. Axel is now a big time police officer and while he will appear in the pilot, we may not see him in every episode.
According to Yahoo! and Deadline:
The new BHC will be a sequel to the three movies that chronicled the exploits of wise-cracking Detroit detective Axel Foley (Murphy) in Los Angeles. The series centers on Axel’s blue-collar police officer son, Aaron (Jackson), who helps take down the criminal elements of the rich and famous in Beverly Hills while trying to escape the shadow of his larger-than-life father. Murphy will reprise his role as Axel in the pilot and may recur if the pilot goes to series.
Supposedly, Eddie Murphy suggested Jackson. Murphy is said to be a fan of the young actor and his stand-up. (Murphy too came out of a stand-up background before taking on the Axel role). CBS was immediately on board as the network had already spotted Jackson, casting him in his only previous starring TV role — as the male lead opposite Minnie Driver in the 2011 pilot Hail Mary. Jackson is probably best known for his breakout part in the movie Tropic Thunder, Big Mommas House: Like Father Like Son & Percy Jackson Lightning Thief.
Congratulations Brandon! Great choice, we wish you the best!
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