Eddie Murphy is back as one of his most beloved movie characters of all time: Axel Foley.
In the photo, Axel Foley, portrayed by Murphy, is depicted wearing a Detroit Lions jacket with his hands raised while confronted by two police officers as a crowd of onlookers capture the incident on their phones.
The steaming giant captioned the incredible image, ‘He’s back. Axel Foley returns in 2024!’
Murphy’s homecoming to his iconic wise-cracking cop role is nearly three decades after the release of Beverly Hills Cop III, and almost four decades after the original blockbuster hit, which debuted in 1984.
‘Anytime he walks on set, you never know what you’re going to get. And it’s always pretty brilliant,’ producer Jerry Bruckheimer said of Murphy to Empire.
‘Every day he’s there throws you back to the ‘80s.’
The sequel features a cast that includes Kevin Bacon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Taylour Paige, and brings back familiar faces like Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Paul Reiser, and Bronson Pinchot.
Directed by Mark Molloy, the film picks up with Foley and ‘his criminal defense attorney daughter (Paige), who pulls her dad into a California-based case where he’ll cause issues for Kevin Bacon’s LAPD special-unit officer, and team up with a new partner, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt,’ per Empire.
‘He gets stuck with Axel and they are hysterical together,’ Bruckheimer said. ‘Joseph is such a great straight man for Eddie.’
‘It’s about the emotion,’ he added. ‘No matter how funny it is, how much great action it has, it’s all about the heartstrings’.
Will Beall wrote the script with Murphy producing, along with Bruckheimer and Chad Oman of Jerry Bruckheimer Films.
The first film, Beverly Hills Cop, told the story of Detroit cop Foley heading to the Los Angeles town to solve the murder of a friend.
It raked in $234 million, securing its position as the top-grossing domestic release of 1984.
Additionally, it earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay in 1985.
It was followed by two sequels, in 1987 and 1994.
He was seen shooting the movie of October last year in Los Angeles.