Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Steele: 'How to Get Away w/ Murder' & 'Black-ish' - the Good & the Bad Steele: 'How to Get Away w/ Murder' & 'Black-ish' - the Good & the Bad Watch First Trailer for 'Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B' (Premieres Saturday, 11/15) Watch First Trailer for 'Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B' (Premieres Saturday, 11/15) "Randy, Red Superfreak and Julia" - 'Scandal' Season 4 Premiere Recap "Randy, Red Superfreak and Julia" - 'Scandal' Season 4 Premiere Recap Shonda Rhimes Night Is a Big Success for ABC. 'How to Get Away With Murder" Draws 14 Million Viewers Total Shonda Rhimes Night Is a Big Success for ABC. 'How to Get Away With Murder" Draws 14 Million Viewers Total 'How to Get Away with Murder' Episode 1 Recap + Your Thoughts... 'How to Get Away with Murder' Episode 1 Recap + Your Thoughts... Read What YOU Thought About 'Black-ish' After Last Night's Premiere... Read What YOU Thought About 'Black-ish' After Last Night's Premiere... 5 Netflix Streaming Titles You May Not Know Are Available & May Want to Check Out (9/23/14) 5 Netflix Streaming Titles You May Not Know Are Available & May Want to Check Out (9/23/14) Awkward Black Girl's Next Misadventure: Her Own Studio Awkward Black Girl's Next Misadventure: Her Own Studio 101-Year-Old Film Footage Found in Museum's Collection Is Earliest-Known Feature Made w/ Black Actors. First Public Screening in Nov. 101-Year-Old Film Footage Found in Museum's Collection Is Earliest-Known Feature Made w/ Black Actors. First Public Screening in Nov. 'Drumline: A New Beat' (Sequel to the 2002 Film) Gets a Premiere Date + New Trailer (Watch It) 'Drumline: A New Beat' (Sequel to the 2002 Film) Gets a Premiere Date + New Trailer (Watch It) Watch First Episode of ABC's New Series 'Black-ish' Now Watch First Episode of ABC's New Series 'Black-ish' Now 'Terror at the Mall,' Documentary on Siege of Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Coming to HBO (Trailer) 'Terror at the Mall,' Documentary on Siege of Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Coming to HBO (Trailer) Thankfully, 'The Equalizer' Gets an "R" Rating From the MPAA (No Surprise Here) Thankfully, 'The Equalizer' Gets an "R" Rating From the MPAA (No Surprise Here) Early Reviews Say 'How To Get Away With Murder' is Very Much in the Style of 'Scandal.' Good Thing or Not? Early Reviews Say 'How To Get Away With Murder' is Very Much in the Style of 'Scandal.' Good Thing or Not? Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Lifetime Launches New Series Set In Elite World Of Hip-Hop Majorette Competitions (Watch Preview) Lifetime Launches New Series Set In Elite World Of Hip-Hop Majorette Competitions (Watch Preview) ABC Is Making Changes To The Next-Day Online Availability Of Its Series ABC Is Making Changes To The Next-Day Online Availability Of Its Series Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Exclusive: Omari Hardwick Raw (Career Evolution, Transition, Testimony Of Faith In Hollywood, 'Kick-Ass 2,' More) Exclusive: Omari Hardwick Raw (Career Evolution, Transition, Testimony Of Faith In Hollywood, 'Kick-Ass 2,' More)

5 Actors Who Could Be The Next 'Beverly Hills Cop' (In The Upcoming CBS TV Adaptation)

Shadow and Act By Natasha Greeves | Shadow and Act September 18, 2012 at 2:30PM

Eddie Murphy makes things happen!  In the ten months since he stated that he was trying to produce a television show of the hit Franchise Beverly Hills Cop in which he originally starred, the show has become a reality, finding its home at CBS.  I know this wasn't likely a hard sell - we are talking about a well known franchise that grossed over $735 Million dollars.  Add to that Murphy, who hasn't been on television since his debut on Saturday Night Live, will appear in a few special episodes in the first season.  Yes, I am aware he voiced a character on the animated series The PJ's, but I am talking about in front of the camera. 
22
Beverly Hills Cop

Eddie Murphy makes things happen!  In the ten months since he stated that he was trying to produce a television show of the hit Franchise Beverly Hills Cop in which he originally starred, the show has become a reality, finding its home at CBS.  I know this wasn't likely a hard sell - we are talking about a well known franchise that grossed over $735 Million dollars.  Add to that Murphy, who hasn't been on television since his debut on Saturday Night Live, will appear in a few special episodes in the first season.  Yes, I am aware he voiced a character on the animated series The PJ's, but I am talking about in front of the camera. 

Murphy, along with Shawn Ryan, will serve as executive producer.  Ryan will also be serving as showrunner.  The series is being billed as "a buddy cop show... an hourlong crime procedural with strong comedic elements." The series will have a similar fish-out-of-water setup as the film, and will focus on Axel Foley's son, Aaron, a blue collar police officer, trying to make a name for himself, absent of his prominent father's influence, in Beverly Hills.

So who should take over the mantle of The New Beverly Hills Cop?

While names like Jay Pharoah, Damon Wayans Jr., and Donald Glover have been tossed out as possibilities, it's important to note that all of these men are currently committed to other shows.  It was announced here on Shadow & Act a few days ago that Glover has inked a deal to produce a show based on his life at NBC.

Given that the show is being produced by Ryan, who gave us shows like, The Shield and The Unit, it may fall more in the category of dramedy. 

In an interview with Hipfix TV Ryan said " . . . .We'll be doing a mixture of scripted and improvisational comedy that I don't think (to my knowledge) has been done in the 1-hour drama universe before."  

So, they will need a versatile actor in his 20's to step up to the plate.  I say 20's because 1994 was the last time we saw Mr. Foley, and he had yet to have any children; plus Murphy is aging quite well and it needs to believable. Given the character description I would also expect the son to be different than the father, to create a bit of dramatic tension . . . maybe a bit more serious.

Here are my 5 selections for the part of Aaron Foley, Axel's son, who will star in the propsed series:

Michael B. Jordan

Michael B Jordan

Jordan is a veteran of film and television.  He is best known for his dramatic roles as Wallace on HBO's The Wire and Vince Howard on NBC's Friday Night Lights, he started out his career being hand picked by Bill Cosby to star as Michael; a recurring character on the short lived Cosby series.  While most of his most noteworthy work has been in dramas, he also starred in a short lived half hour comedy series called The Assistants and had a sixteen episode run on the NBC dramedy The Parenthood.  It's also rumored that he will be part of a new comedy animated series titled Fridgeport.  In short he keeps busy . . . if they want him they may have to move fast.

Brandon T. Jackson

Brandon Jackson

Jackson started out as a comedian and still makes appearances at clubs and colleges.  After graduating from high school he moved to los angeles and eventually opened for Chris Tucker and Wayne Brady.  While best known for his role as Alpa-Chino in the 2008 comedy hit Tropic Thunder he has been in quite a few films; Lottery Ticket, Roll Bounce, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians.  Currently no major dramas are on his resume, but somehow I think he can handle it.  I would like to see him do it for the outtakes alone.

John Boyega

John Boyega

Since his breakout debut as Moses in Attack the Block we have been waiting to see where he lands (If you haven't seen Attack the Block, please do, it was one of the highlights of 2011 . . . in my opinion).  Boyega was attached to star in HBO's boxing drama Da Brick directed by Spike Lee.  A pilot episode was filmed but the network decided to pass.  In 2012, Boyega landed the plum role of Ugwu in the upcoming Half of A Yellow Sun, co-starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton and Anika Noni Rose.  A look at his IMDB page shows that nothing is currently on the horizon.  In his short career, he's made quite an impact . . . curious what he might do with an opportunity like this.


Alphonso McAuley

Alphonso McAuley

Alphonso has been seen in films like Pride, Fat Albert, and Glory Road.  But he is best known for his Television work: Comedy Central's Chocolate News, TV One's Love that Girl and Fox's Breaking In.  It was announced in April that Breaking-In, where he played Cassius "Cash" Sparks, a resident fanboy and gadget guy among a group of genius criminals working for a securities firm, was not going to be picked up for another season.  McAuley's roots in stand-up and sketch comedy coupled with his film and television work could make him a solid choice. 


Maronzio Vance

Maronzio Vance

Who? I explored all the options and stumbled upon this young comedian's sarcastic storytelling style comedy videos on youtube.  Turns out he was a top ten finalist on NBC's Last Comic Standing.  He's performed on: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jamie Kennedy Experiment, Wanda Sykes: Wanda Does It, Comicview, and the list goes on.  In addition he has contributed to the animated series The Boondocks.  Whether Maronzio or some other young comedian, I wouldn't count the unknown commodity out.

Given the parameters, who would you choose to be the next Beverly Hills Cop?

This article is related to: Television, TV News


Shadow & ActNewsletter