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The “Bad Boys” are officially back in town — and so is another familiar face. Vanessa Hudgens will reprise her role as Kelly in the franchise with the stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, Deadline reported on March 17. Previously, on January 31, Smith and Lawrence confirmed that the fourth installment of the “Bad Boys” franchise is coming to a video announcementwith the caption, “IT’S ABOUT THAT TIME!”
The third “Bad Boys” movie, “Bad Boys 4 Life,” was released in 2020. Its directors, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, are also returning for the fourth installment. The first movie in the buddy cop comedy series was released in 1995 and was directed by Michael Bay, as well as the second movie, “Bad Boys II,” which came out in 2003. In each, Smith and Lawrence played two cops in the Miami Police Department. Department that comes across various debacles as they try to solve crimes.
The fate of the fourth “Bad Boys” movie is being discussed in March 2022, when Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars, which caused production to be halted on some of his projects. However, at the time, Lawrence denied that a fourth “Bad Boys” was in any danger, saying Black wood, “We have one more anyway.” In the interview, Lawrence also discussed the importance of the first “Bad Boys.” “For us to come together and prove that we can deliver, and we can draw people to the box office — that two Black stars, two sitcom stars, can make money at the box office. [was huge],” he said.
Sony CEO Tom Rothman also promised that the fourth “Bad Boys” project is still moving forward, albeit slowly, in a May 2022 interview with Deadline. “That film was in development and still is. There weren’t any brakes to pump because the car wasn’t moving,” he said. “It’s a very sad thing that happened, and I don’t think it’s my place to comment, except to say that I’ve known Will Smith for years, and I know him to be a good man. That’s an example of a very good man. with a very bad moment, in front of the world. I believe his apology and repentance are genuine, and I believe in forgiveness and redemption.”
Here’s what we know about the fourth “Bad Boys” movie.
“Bad Boys 4” Cast
Smith and Lawrence will reprise their roles as Detective Lieutenant Mike Lowrey and Detective Lieutenant Marcus Burnett, and Hudgens will return as weapons expert Kelly. Additional cast members have yet to be confirmed.
“Bad Boys 4” Plot
Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the film will likely pick up where “Bad Boys 4 Life” left off. The end credits of the third film revealed that Armando Aretas aka Armando Lowrey (Jacob Scipio) is still alive, meaning he could be an important part of the next film.
“Bad Boys 4” Release Date.
“Bad Boys 4 Life” is still in its early stages, so it probably won’t come out until 2024 or 2025.
“Bad Boys 4” Announcement
Smith and Lawrence announced the upcoming sequel in an Instagram video shared on January 31.