You’re going to want to shake ya tailfeather come Jan. 17, 2020, because the official cast of the third Bad Boy installment has been confirmed. It’s been 17 years since we last saw Martin Lawrence and Will Smith in action as two of Miami’s finest, Detective Marcus Burnett (aka Marty-Mar) and Detective Mike Lowrey. And now, they’ve got a standout cast of other stars joining them — the latest, which was just announced, includes Vanessa Hudgens.
On Thursday, Variety revealed that in addition to Lawrence and Smith, who headlined the first two films, several new cast members have been confirmed for Bad Boys for Life. They are The Princess Switch’s Vanessa Hudgens, Vikings’ Alexander Ludwig and Riverdale’s Charles Melton.
Also coming back for the third installment will be veteran actor Joe Pantoliano, who’s set to reprise his role as Captain Howard.
Per Variety, Hudgens, Ludwig and Melton will play a modern, highly specialized police unit that collides with the old-school Bad Boys (Smith and Lawrence’s detectives Burnett and Lowrey) when a new threat emerges in Miami.
On Friday, Deadline announced that British-born Guyanese actor Jacob Scipio has signed on as the film’s main villain, Armando Armas, the head of a drug cartel, whom Scipio describes as “a cold-blooded killer with a vicious, taunting nature.”
Mexican actor Paola Nuñez snagged the role of Rite, who Deadline calls a tough, funny criminal psychologist and Mike’s former girlfriend.
Given that the original Bad Boys premiered in 1995 and that the sequel was released in 2003, some fans have expressed cautious excitement over the return of the nostalgic franchise. However, it is reportedly happening — filming is slated to start next month.
Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are attached to direct the sequel from a script by Peter Craig (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Transformers). Chris Bremmer is the current writer, with Joe Carnahan doing a rewrite as well. Back as producer is Jerry Bruckheimer, along with Doug Belgrad and Smith.
Plus, Smith confirmed as much on his Instagram back in November!
So, from the sound of it, there will be plenty for both now-mature ’90s kids and today’s young adult audiences to love. And if the film gets the kind of reception its early buzz indicates, it could easily open the door for another spinoff franchise starring the younger specialized police unit.
Here’s hoping that movie theaters recognize a genius marketing opp when they see one and stock the snack bar with Tropical Fruit Bubblicious and Skittles.