Bad Boys 4: Everything we know – cast, plot, more

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in Bad BoysSony Pictures

Here’s what we know about Bad Boys 4, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s fourth outing together, from release date updates to cast, plot, its title, and more.

Bad boys, bad boys whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they come for you? That’s right, Smith and Lawrence are officially returning as Detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett for Bad Boys 4.

The franchise began with 1995’s Bad Boys, directed by Michael Bay. Grossing more than $140 million off a $19 million budget, it led to a sequel eight years later. Panned by critics, it was still a resounding financial success, but it took another 17 years for the third movie, Bad Boys For Life.

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Well, this sh*t just got real – development on Bad Boys 4 is officially in motion, so here’s what we know so far.

Is there a Bad Boys 4 release date?

According to a report from DeadlineBad Boys 4 has been slated for release on June 14, 2024. Though with the recent WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, it’s probably best to take these dates with a grain of salt.

The sequel was confirmed by Smith and Lawrence on January 31, with Smith sharing a video to Instagram with his co-star.

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“Yo, I’ve got an announcement. Y’all better stop scrolling,” he says, as he plays the opening bars of ‘Shake Ya Tailfeather’ from the Bad Boys II soundtrack. “I wish I was you, not knowing what I’m about to show me.”

He soon arrives at Lawrence’s door, where they both declare that the fourth movie is in development. “It’s about that time!” Lawrence yells.

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will return to direct, with Chris Bremner writing the script. Jerry Bruckheimer will also serve as a producer.

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The two stars recently gave an update on the movie’s production at CinemaCon. Smith sent a video confirming they’re four weeks into shooting, saying: “We are on set. Sorry we couldn’t be there. We glad we not there ’cause we here and they paying us to be here so we’re, like, happy to that we’re here and not there.”

What is Bad Boys 4 called?

Bad Boys 4 is officially titled Bad Boys Ride or Die, according to Murphy’s Multiverse.

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The third movie was titled Bad Boys For Life, which – by the actors’ own admission – would have worked nicely as the fourth film’s name. “We shouldn’t have called it that though,” Smith joked in his video.

Bad Boys 4 cast: Who’s in it?

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence will reprise their roles as Mike Lowrey and Marcus Bennett in Bad Boys 4.

In an interview with Ebony magazine last year, Lawrence said: “We got one more at least.

“[The first Bad Boys] was big. For us to come together and prove that we can deliver, and we can pull people into the box office — that two Black stars, two sitcom stars, could make money at the box office [was huge].”

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Speaking to ET, Lawrence also teased: “It has the chance to be the best one of them all and everybody’s doing their thing… we got a lot of the team back from the last one. Big Willie’s doing his thing as always and so focused and, yeah, it has the chance to be the biggest one.”

Eric Dane, best known for his roles as Cal Jacobs in Euphoria and Dr. Mark Sloan in Grey’s Anatomy, will play the villain.

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In addition, Ioan Gruffudd of Fantastic Four fame will appear in Bad Boys 4 in a currently-undisclosed role.

Better Call Saul star Rhea Seehorn recently joined the cast, but her role hasn’t been confirmed.

Unfortunately, no other cast members have been confirmed at the time of writing – but there are a few reasonable guesses we can make.

Firstly, Joe Pantoliano will not return as Captain Conrad Howard, as he was murdered in the third film.

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Secondly, it’s likely Paola Núñez will reprise her role as Rita Secada, the former head of AMMO who was promoted to Captain at the end of the previous installment. This leaves the door open for Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, and Charles Melton to return as well.

If we were betting, we’d say it’s basically guaranteed we’ll see Jacob Scipio as Armando Aretas, Mike’s son whom he shared with Isabel (Kate del Castillo), who was killed in Bad Boys For Life.

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Bad Boys 4 plot: What is it about?

The plot of Bad Boys Ride or Die hasn’t been confirmed, but it’ll likely follow Mike and Marcus on a new case with AMMO, while Mike works on his relationship with Armando.

At the end of Bad Boys For Life, Rita became Miami PD’s captain while Mike and Marcus were put in charge of the AMMO team. In a post-credits scene, Mike also visited Armando in prison and offered him a chance at redemption, presumably by working for AMMO, which he accepted.

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Is there a Bad Boys 4 trailer?

No there’s no Bad Boys 4 trailer right now – but you can check out the trailer for the third movie below:

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