It was nearly 25 years ago that moviegoers were first introduced to Detective Mike Lowrey and Detective Marcus Burnett in the original BAD BOYS. The major impact they made is still being felt today. It’s why the duo got their first sequel, BAD BOYS II, in 2003, and now that legacy is set to expand yet again. The long-awaited third chapter in the series, BAD BOYS FOR LIFE, is preparing to arrive in theatres in just a few short weeks.
One could make the argument that bombastic action is the real lead star of the franchise, but the truth of the matter is that the cast of the upcoming film is stacked with talent — even beyond its excellent main duo. So, who can audiences expect to see gracing the big screen in BAD BOYS FOR LIFE next month? Let’s dig into it!
Fresh off of ALADDIN and GEMINI MAN, Will Smith is back in action.
The original BAD BOYS was one of the first films that truly proved the blockbuster star status of Will Smith, and it’s beyond exciting that he will once again be returning to the role of trigger-happy Mike Lowrey in BAD BOYS FOR LIFE. Things are a bit different for the character this time around, and he will be found experiencing a bit of a midlife crisis due to a new assignment: leading a squad of millennial cops dubbed AMMO.
Get ready for Martin Lawrence’s first major movie role since 2011.
The yin to Mike’s yang, Marcus Burnett has long been the more reasonable and level-headed member of the Bad Boys duo, and Martin Lawrence is thankfully back to play that energy to its full comedic potential. When we catch up with the character, he has become a police inspector — a much calmer job fitting his personality — but he is forced back into action when a mob boss from Mike and Marcus’s past emerges with the goal of taking them both out.
Get ready to see a very different side of the singing and dancing star.
Vanessa Hudgens has come a long way since her breakout role in the HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL movies, and she is one of the most exciting new additions to the world of BAD BOYS in the upcoming sequel. She will be playing Maya "Lethal Gun" Dunsmore, one of the three young cops in the AMMO group that Mike is assigned to command.
The young actor is ready to make an impression in the upcoming blockbuster.
Thanks to his role as Cato in the original THE HUNGER GAMES and as Lieutenant Roy Pearce in this year's MIDWAY, actor Alexander Ludwig is no stranger to blockbuster action. Soon, we’ll see him back in the genre with his role in BAD BOYS FOR LIFE. Admittedly, we don’t know too much about his character just yet, including his name, but we do know that he is another member of AMMO.
Charles Melton rounds out the trio of the next generation of BAD BOYS stars.
The third and final member of the AMMO trio is Harry Doyle, a cocky upstart set to be played by up-and-comer Charles Melton. The actor earned a good amount of attention earlier this year co-starring opposite Yara Shahidi in THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, and in BAD BOYS FOR LIFE, we will hopefully get to see him show off some action chops.
Joey Pants is back!
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence aren’t the only original BAD BOYS stars set to reprise their roles in the upcoming sequel, as Joe Pantoliano is also back in the ensemble reprising his role as the constantly stressed out Captain Howard. The wonderful character actor is always great to see up on the big screen, earning big laughs with his intense and frenetic energy, and fans can’t wait to see how Mike and Marcus totally piss him off this time around.
BAD BOYS FOR LIFE will be in theatres everywhere on January 17, 2020.