Multiple sources are now reporting that Sony Pictures has rounded out the cast for “Bad Boys 4 Life,” the next chapter in the ongoing “Bad Boys” franchise led by Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. Jerry Bruckheimer is coming back to produce the film, and Will Smith will also serve as a producer on the project.
Joining Smith and Lawrence on screen will be Vanessa Hudgens, Charles Melton, and Alexander Ludwig.
The trio will play a group of specialized police officers, a contrast to Smith and Lawrence’s characters who are considered old relics of the force. The story is said to take place in Miami, and the film is expected to hit theaters on January 17, 2010. If everything goes according to plan, the film will begin production this January. There’s no confirmation yet on the antagonist of the film, but we should learn more details when the film goes into production next month.
Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will direct the film, working from a script written by Peter Craig, with a rewrite from Joe Carnahan. Chris Bremmer also has a writing credit on the film.
The new casting puts a topper on Hudgens’ outstanding year. Just this holiday the actor has appeared in “The Princess Switch” for Netflix, and the comedy “Second Act” with Jennifer Lopez. Hudgens will also star in FOX’s “Rent: Live,” scheduled to air on January 27th.
CW fans will know Melton from his role as Reggie on “Riverdale.” The actor also appeared in FOX’s “Glee” series. Ludwig played the role of Cato in “The Hunger Games,” and currently stars in the History Channel’s hit series “Vikings.”
The first “Bad Boys” hit theaters back in 1995 and made over $15.5M on opening weekend. The film went on to make over $141M worldwide for Sony Pictures. The duo returned to the screen in 2003 for “Bad Boys 2,” that film had a $45M opening and went on to make over $273M worldwide.