Eddie Murphy is clearly and undeniably the star of Beverly Hills Cop series as Detroit police officer Axel Foley. But those films were also ensemble pieces; you needed lots of wacky Californians for Axel and his Detroit attitude to bounce off of. Without them it just wouldn’t be Beverly Hills Cop (or at least not a good one Beverly Hills Cop).
Fortunately, it looks like the upcoming revival of the series will feature some of the franchise’s other familiar faces. Variety reports that in addition to Murphy as Axel, the new Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley will also feature appearances from series vets Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Paul Reiser and Bronson Pinchot.
Reinhold and Ashton were the pair of Beverly Hills cops that Foley ended up antagonizing and collaborating with. It was their car on which Axel pulled his infamous banana down the exhaust pipe.
Reinhold and Ashton both returned for Beverly Hills Cop II but only Reinhold was involved in the disappointing Beverly Hills Cop III (to explain Ashton’s absence, they claimed his character had retired). As for Reiser, he was in Copp I and II as another police mate of Axel. And Bronson Pinchot had one of his early breakthrough roles in the films as Serge, the eccentric salesman at an art gallery where Axel was looking for his childhood friend Jenny. (Serge then reappeared Beverly Hills Cop III.)
Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley is in production now. The film does not yet have a premiere date, but it will be available on Netflix.
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