‘Beverly Hills Cop’ Original Cast Members Returning for Netflix Sequel ‘Axel Foley’

BEVERLY HILLS COP II, from left: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, 1987. ©Paramount / Courtesy Everett Collection
©Paramount/Courtesy Everett Collection

Eddie Murphy is reuniting with his original “Beverly Hills Cop” co-stars — Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Paul Reiser and Bronson Pinchot — for the upcoming sequel, “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley.”

Netflix picked up the rights in 2019 to release the next “Beverly Hills Cop” movie, which is currently in production.

“Axel Foley” is the fourth installment in the hit action-comedy franchise, following 1984’s “Beverly Hills Cop,” 1987’s “Beverly Hills Cop II” and 1994’s “Beverly Hills Cop III.” For the fourquel, producers opted to ditch the roman numerals and instead name the film after Murphy’s fish-out-of-water character, a Detroit police officer who travels to Los Angeles to investigate crimes.

Plot details for “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley” have been kept under wraps. Presumably, the story involves Axel Foley returning to the 90210 to crack a new case.

In the original film, Reinhold and Ashton played Detective Billy Rosewood and Sergeant John Taggart, who were hired to track Axel Foley as he attempted to solve the murder of his best friend. Reiser played Detective Jeffrey Friedman and Pinchot was the fan-favorite Serge. Reinhold appeared in each subsequent “Beverly Hills Cop” adventure, though Ashton, Reiser and Pinchot returned for only two of the three.

As previously reported, Taylour Paige (“Zola”) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have been cast in “Axel Foley” in undisclosed roles.

The first three “Beverly Hills Cop” installments were box office hits, earning more than $700 million globally and solidifying Murphy’s presence as a movie star. A fourth movie has been in the works for decades, with filmmakers Brett Ratner and the duo of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah each attached at one point to direct. In early 2022, Mark Molloy was hired to helm the film, in his feature debut, from a script by Will Beall (“Aquaman”).

Murphy is producing the movie with Jerry Bruckheimer and Chad Oman for Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Charisse Hewitt-Webster and Ray Angelic will serve as executive producers, while Melissa Reid will co-produce for Jerry Bruckheimer Films.