Axel Foley Grand Return: Eddie Murphy is making a triumphant return as the iconic Axel Foley in the highly anticipated Beverly Hills Cop installment, set to hit Netflix in the coming year.
In a teaser image shared by the streaming giant, titled Beverly Hills Cop Axel Foley, Murphy is donned in his character’s unmistakable Detroit Lions jacket, surrounded by an air of suspense with his hands raised as if encircled by law enforcement.
“He’s back. Axel Foley returns in 2024!” announced Netflix on X, formerly Twitter.
While an official release date is yet to be unveiled, fans can anticipate the reunion of the original Beverly Hills Cop cast, including Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Paul Reiser, and Bronson Pinchot. The fourth edition of the franchise will also feature Kevin Bacon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Taylour Paige.
The plot will center around Foley’s daughter, portrayed by Paige, drawing him into a case based in California. However, his involvement quickly sparks challenges for a special units officer from the LAPD, played by Bacon.
Reflecting on filming Beverly Hills Cop 4 in his 60s, Murphy acknowledged the contrast with shooting the original in his 20s. “It was a hard one. I did Axel Foley when I was in my 20s. I am not in my 20s anymore,” he shared in a recent interview with People. “It was an action movie. So it was a rough one. But we got through it.”
The inaugural Beverly Hills Cop, released in 1984, follows the journey of Axel Foley, a young detective from the Detroit Police Department played by Murphy, who travels to Beverly Hills to investigate his best friend’s murder. The film, nominated for a Golden Globe, propelled Murphy to superstardom, emerging as the highest-grossing movie in the U.S. for that year.
Subsequent sequels, Beverly Hills Cop II in 1987 and Beverly Hills Cop III in 1994, continued the franchise’s success. Despite longstanding discussions about a fourth film, significant progress was achieved with the involvement of original producer Jerry Bruckheimer, bringing the vision for Beverly Hills Cop back to life.
Murphy emphasized, “When he got involved and he started developing the script, and he knew what Beverly Hills Cop is supposed to be, when he got back involved, that’s when it all started to come together.” After years of attempts, the right script finally emerged, setting the stage for the highly anticipated return of Axel Foley.
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Is back Axel Foley returns in 2024?
Eddie Murphy reprises his role as the iconic Detective Axel Foley in the upcoming ‘Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F,’ as seen in the teaser trailer. This highly-anticipated film is set to hit streaming platforms in summer 2024. Fans are thrilled to see Murphy bring back the beloved character that propelled him to stardom. Don’t miss out on the return of Detective Axel Foley in this exciting new installment.
Will there be a Beverly Hills Cop 4?
Eddie Murphy is set to make a comeback in the Beverly Hills Cop world, taking on the iconic role of Axel Foley once again in the fourth installment of the series. As the 40th anniversary of the 1984 film approaches, Murphy is gearing up to step back into the shoes of Foley and is shedding light on the challenges of diving back into the high-energy action scenes.
Who was meant to play Axel Foley?
Eddie Murphy brings Detective Axel Foley to life in the Beverly Hills Cop film series. Empire magazine honors him as the 55th greatest movie character of all time. Interestingly, Sylvester Stallone was first considered for the role of Axel Foley.
Who is Axel Foley’s love interest?
Before Eddie Murphy was cast, the original draft of Sylvester Stallone’s version named the protagonist as Axel Cobretti, with Jenny Somners as his love interest and Mike Tandino as his brother. Later, Eddie Murphy took on the role of Axel Foley in an unaired pilot of the Beverly Hills Cop T.V. Show, which revolved around Axel’s son, Aaron.