CBS’s Beverly Hills Cop has closed in on an actor for the lead role in the television continuation of the hit action-comedy film franchise.
Deadline reports that Brandon T. Jackson, best known for Tropic Thunder and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, is closing a deal to play Axel Foley’s son Aaron.
Eddie Murphy, who starred as Detroit cop Axel Foley in the three movies, has teamed with The Shield creator Shawn Ryan for the project, which received a pilot commitment from the network in September. Ryan will write the pilot and serve as showrunner, while Murphy will reprise his role in the pilot and could recur if the project goes to series. He’ll also be an executive producer.
Released in 1984, Beverly Hills Cop found the wise-cracking Detroit cop heading to Beverly Hills to bring his friend’s killer to justice. Tony Scott directed the 1987 sequel, while John Landis helmed the third film which opened in 1994.