Comic actor Brandon T. Jackson has won the coveted role of Aaron Foley (the son of Eddie Murphy’s iconic Axel Foley character) in a new CBS series based on Murphy’s popular Beverly Hills Cop films.
Jackson, who is best known to audiences from his supporting turns in Tropic Thunder and Big Momma’s House 3, may be a surprising choice for some fans who were excited by rumors that rising star Kevin Hart was interested in the part.
When reports surfaced that Murphy wanted Hart to take on the lead role, the Think Like a Man star posted a message on Facebook in reference to being involved in the project.
“Thanks to my fans I just found out Eddie Murphy said he wants me to play Axel Foley on his new TV show Beverly Hills Cop…I’m flattered and speechless right now…Thank y’all for passing the message to me,” Hart said.
Saturday Night Live performer Jay Pharoah was also considered a leading contender for the role. But among Grio readers, Hart was the most popular choice. When our readers were asked who was their ideal new Beverly Hills Cop, Hart won with 31 percent of the vote. Chris Tucker was a distant second with 13 percent.
Eddie Murphy will be a producer on the show and may make the occasional cameo, too.
“I’d do the pilot, show up here and there. None of the movie scripts [for a third sequel] were right; it was trying to force this premise. If you have to force something, you shouldn’t be doing it. It was always a rehash of the old thing. It was always wrong,” the Murphy told Rolling Stone last year.