As pilot season has begun to form with plenty of high profile projects, perhaps the biggest being touted at CBS is a crime comedic-drama that continues where Axel Foley left off all those years ago with Beverly Hills Cop. While Eddie Murphy is set to return, the focus of the potential new series will fall on Axel’s son as he follows in his father’s footsteps. Though production is still set for Early 2013, it seems the lead role may have already been cast as one young actor may have scored his first lead role.
Humor Mill Mag reports that Brandon T. Jackson is in final negotiations to play main character Aaron Foley in CBS’ continuation of Beverly Hills Cop. The series comes from Last Resort creator Shawn Ryan and is set to feature Murphy in the pilot along with a recurring role throughout the first season should it be picked up. Though his casting has yet to be confirmed by the network, the site are the same folks who originally broke Eddie Murphy’s Oscar hosting gig that was unfortunately never meant to be…so they certainly have some weight in terms of announcements regarding the actor.
Produced by Sony Pictures Television describes the series as “a continuation of the iconic Beverly Hills Cop universe in which 90210 cop Aaron Foley, the son of Murphy’s Axel Foley character, works to take down the criminal elements of the rich and famous, while simultaneously trying to escape the shadow of his larger than life father.” Axel factors in as the new Police Chief of Detroit, allowing Murphy to pop in when needed while letting Axel live successful off-screen.
Jackson has had assorted roles on television before, including his own brief sketch comedy series while also being one of the recurring players on Nick Cannon’s hit MTV series Wild N’ Out. He’ll be reprising his supporting character in next year’s sequelPercy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, while he’s played the son of a famous comedic actor before in Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son. But really should he take the role of Aaron in Beverly Hills Cop, it could launch his career in much bigger ways.
With a put-pilot production commitment in place, it’s only a matter of time before we get to see a wave of casting updates for the project. Whether or not we’ll see some more familiar faces from the Beverly Hills Cop universe has yet to be determined, but more details are expected to surface as the Winter rolls on.