Netflix has shared a first-look photo of Eddie Murphy’s return to the Beverly Hills Cop franchise as Axel Foley.
The image shows Murphy’s Axel Foley with hands up wearing a Detroit Lions jacket as he faces a pair of cops with a group of onlookers behind him recording the incident on their phones. See the photo below.
Murphy returns to reprise the Axel role nearly 30 years after the premiere of Beverly Hills Cop 3.
Mark Molloy directs the sequel, which also stars Kevin Bacon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Taylour Paige, along with Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Paul Reiser and Bronson Pinchot reprising their characters from previous installments.
Will Beall penned the script. Murphy also produces, along with Jerry Bruckheimer and Chad Oman of Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Charisse Hewitt-Webster and Ray Angelic will exec produce the new movie. Melissa Reid of Jerry Bruckheimer Films will co-produce.
The franchise moved from Paramount to Netflix in the winter of 2019 and follows the adventures of Detroit cop Foley, who first appeared in the 1984 smash hit that followed him to Beverly Hills to solve the murder of a friend. The film became one of the year’s biggest hits and solidified Murphy’s movie-star status. It was followed by two sequels, in 1987 and 1994. The first film grossed $234 million at the U.S. box office, making it the highest-grossing domestic release of 1984, and received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay in 1985.
Beverly Hills Cop 4 is set to be released in 2024.