Joseph Gordon-Levitt shares the eager response he had to his new Beverly Hills Cop 4 casting. The actor, who’s known for diverse roles in such films as 500 Days Of Summer, Inception, Knives Out, and Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi will star in the latest installment of the beloved buddy-cop comedy franchise. Beverly Hills Cop follows Eddie Murphy as policeman Axel Foley who travels from his hometown of Detroit, Michigan to Beverly Hills, California to investigate the death of his best friend. The movie spawned two less successful sequels with Beverly Hills Cop 2 released in 1987 and Beverly Hills Cop 3 in 1994. Now, almost three decades later, a fourth installment is on its way from producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Mark Molloy, and a script penned by Aquaman co-writer Will Beall.
Beverly Hills Cop 4 is confirmed to include a host of stars from the original movies, with Murphy returning to reprise his role as Foley, as well as the iconic duo of Judge Reinhold as Rosewood and John Ashton as Taggart, whom he enlists to help crack the case. The movie, which will officially be titled Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley, will also welcome back veteran Paul Reiser as Jeffrey and Bronson Pinchot as Serge, while welcome franchise newcomers Gordon-Levitt and Taylour Paige. While plot details are being kept under wraps, this hasn’t stopped stars from sharing their excitement for the movie.
In a new interview with Collider, Gordon-Levitt reveals his gleeful response to being cast in Beverly Hills Cop 4. The actor also highlights his affinity for Murphy, and having the opportunity to complete a childhood dream of working with him. Check out Gordon-Levitt’s reaction when he learned of his role in Beverly Hills Cop 4 below:
“The first thing I ever remember learning on piano was that theme song, Axel F, right? I remember my brother was a huge, I have an older brother, who loved Eddie Murphy, who loved Beverly Hills Cop, as well as Raw, Delirious, and his stuff on SNL. So it’s an early childhood, one of those deep-seated affinities. So the opportunity to get to be in a movie of Beverly Hills Cop… we’re shooting now, I get to hang out with Eddie Murphy and talk about movies and music and stand up, and I mean, he’s such a sweetheart. It’s such a treat. The whole thing is such a treat.”
What To Expect From Beverly Hills Cop 4
Beverly Hills Cop 4 was in development for nearly 30 years before finding its home on Netflix. While the storyline is unknown, it’s clear the street-wise Foley will be back to investigate a case with his sidekicks Rosewood and Taggart to help. Gordon-Levitt’s character has yet to be revealed, but based on his very recent performance in the buddy cop comedy Project Power, he would be the perfect fit to tag along with Foley, Rosewood, and Taggart. He also mentions filming alongside Murphy quite frequently, adding further evidence he could be playing a cop in the movie.
Although Beverly Hills Cop II & III underperformed at the box office and in terms of critical response, almost two decades have passed since its debut, allowing a renewed interest in the franchise to develop. However, it will be interesting to see how the movie addresses the absence of Ashton as Taggart in Beverly Hills Cop III, which explained the detective as being retired and moving to Phoenix. The sequel will most likely address his retirement, as well as possibly see Foley and Rosewood go in search of his help on their latest case. Hopefully, more details will come for the plot of Beverly Hills Cop 4, and fans will have a better idea of everything the long-awaited movie will entail.