A Guide to Bad Boys for Life

September 20th, 2019A Guide to Bad Boys for Life

Once a Bad Boy, always a Bad Boy.

Nearly 25 years after they first introduced the characters of Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back on the beat for the upcoming action-thriller BAD BOYS FOR LIFE.

But their two-time collaborator, Michael Bay, will not be joining them for the explosive play this time around, after helming both 1995’s BAD BOYS and its bombastic 2003 sequel, BAD BOYS II. That means it's been 16 years since we last rode together with these guys. What do you have to remember? And what do we already know about BAD BOYS FOR LIFE?

Bad Boys for Life’s Release Date

The BAD BOYS crew is looking to kick off 2020 on an explosive note. You will be able to ring in the new year with family and friends, and then head to the theatres to catch up with BAD BOYS FOR LIFE on January 17, 2020. Right now, that means it will compete against Universal’s THE VOYAGE OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE, with Robert Downey Jr. That’s some star power that weekend!

Is There a Bad Boys for Life Trailer?

There sure is, and you can watch it above. Starting with the guys getting out of one of Mike’s signature sports cars, the first trailer dials up the two components we expect to see out of the BAD BOYS franchise: sarcastic banter between the leads and plenty of police action. There are car chases (through a shopping mall), shootouts and a set piece involving a helicopter that looks pretty dangerous.

Who Is Coming Back for Bad Boys for Life?

It wouldn’t be BAD BOYS without Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. The two leads play comedic opposites, with Smith’s Mike Lowrey being the playboy rich kid and Lawrence’s Marcus Burnett being the cautious family man. We’re eager to see how that dynamic evolves for BAD BOYS FOR LIFE.

There are two more original cast members coming back for BAD BOYS FOR LIFE. Joe Pantoliano (THE MATRIX) once again will be playing the disgruntled police chief who must keep Mike and Marcus on a leash. And Theresa Randle will play Marcus’ wife, Theresa, on screen one more time.

Who Is Replacing Michael Bay?

It will be different seeing a BAD BOYS movie without Michael Bay at the helm. But directing BAD BOYS FOR LIFE will be a relatively new filmmaking duo, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. The Belgian directors won the gig back in 2018 and appear to have tapped into Bay’s visual style, as evidenced by the first trailer.

What Will Bad Boys for Life be Rated?

Though it’s early and the MPAA has not yet weighed in on BAD BOYS FOR LIFE, we’re willing to guess that the new movie will be rated R, like its two predecessors.

Are There New Cast Members?

Several! Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are going to have to try and stop someone from committing a crime in BAD BOYS FOR LIFE, though the new trailer doesn't really single out who and what the threat will be. We do know, however, that the sequel has cast Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Kate del Castillo and DJ Khaled. Yes, that DJ Khaled.

Who they will be playing is a mystery right now, but we expect more details will be dropped in a second trailer.

We’ll have a lot more information about BAD BOYS FOR LIFE as the film gets closer to release — come back to the AMC Scene for more news!

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