Ernie Hudson joins Gabrielle Union in Bad Boys pilot
According to Deadline, NBC has cast Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters franchise, The Crow, Grace and Frankie) in the untitled pilot for the previously-announced Bad Boys spin-off TV series. The show will star Gabrielle Union as Syd Burnett, reprising her role from Bad Boys II, with Hudson playing Joseph Burnett, Union’s father.
In the series, Burnett has left the DEA and now has a fresh start in her new job as an LAPD detective. She’s partnered with Nancy McKenna, a working mom who can’t help but look at Syd’s freedom with some grass-is-greener envy. These two have totally different lifestyles and approaches, but they both are at the top of their fields in this action-packed, character-driven procedural.
The as-yet-untitled show is written by The Blacklist writers-producers Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier. Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the Bad Boys movies, and Doug Belgrad, who worked on the franchise as well, will executive produce the series with Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed.
Bad Boys II was released in theaters in 2003, a sequel to the 1995 original film, which went on to gross $273 million worldwide (the first film earned $141 million). It starred Will Smith and Martin Lawrence plus Jordi Mollà, Peter Stormare, Theresa Randle and Joe Pantoliano. A third Bad Boys film, entitled Bad Boys for Life, was in the works but was moved off of Sony’s release schedule.
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