Beverly Hills Cop TV Pilot Casts Its Lead
When we first learned that a Beverly Hills Cop sequel TV pilot was in the works, we were left to wonder who would play the starring role of Axel Foley's son? That question has been answered! The role of Aaron Foley will be played by stand-up comedian Brandon T. Jackson, otherwise known to Tropic Thunder fans as Alpa Chino.
We learned back in August that Eddie Murphy and Shawn Ryan were developing a TV pilot that follows up on Murphy's beloved 80s comedy Beverly Hills Cop, and that CBS picked up the pilot, which would follow Axel's blue-collar police officer son Aaron, who attempts to get out from under his father's shadow by heading to Beverly Hills to deal with the criminal elements in the wealthy neighborhood. Murphy is expected to guest star in the pilot, and might play a recurring role, should the pilot go to series.
TVLine reports that Brandon T. Jackson has landed the lead role in the project. In addition to Tropic Thunder, he's appeared in Fast & Furious, Tooth Fairy and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. He's also no stranger to sequels or to playing the son of a movie cop in a comedy. Jackson played the role of Trent, the stepson to Martin Lawrence's character Malcolm Turner in Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son. Hopefully he's the right man for this Beverly Hills Cop pilot (you can't really go wrong with Alpa Chino, right?), as I'm sure I'm not alone in having high hopes that the project is successful and makes its way onto CBS' primetime line-up.
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