Last month, we reported that Brandon T. Jackson is in final discussions to portray Aaron Foley in CBS' Beverly Hills Cop TV series. Today, we have word that the actor has officially signed on for the coveted role.
The story will center on Aaron Foley, the son of Eddie Murphy's Axel Foley, who is trying to break out on his own merits and escape his father's looming shadow. Eddie Murphy has agreed to return as Axel Foley in the pilot episode. If CBS places a series order, the actor will recur as Axel, now the Detroit chief of police.
Eddie Murphy reportedly suggested Brandon T. Jackson for the role, since he is a fan of the young actor's work, particularly his stand up comedy routines. CBS had previously cast Brandon T. Jackson in the pilot Hail Mary, alongside Minnie Driver.
Shawn Ryan (The Shield, Last Resort) is writing the pilot script, and he will also serve as showrunner if the series is picked up. He will also executive produce alongside Eddie Murphy and Marney Hochman. It isn't known when shooting will begin on the pilot.