Bad Boys: Ride or Die (2024) – news, review, release date, and cast

Bramwel Oloo
Bramwel Oloo

Summary:

Buckle up, movie buffs! Bad Boys 4 is on the horizon, and it’s promising to be an exhilarating ride. Here’s everything we know about the upcoming installment in the series – Bad Boys: Ride or Die.

Bad Boys 4 is the tentative title of the fourth installment in the action-comedy film series starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.

The series centers on hard-boiled Miami detectives Mike Lowery (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence), who take on dangerous drug kingpins and thwart dangerous schemes as they attempt to stop the circulation of illicit drugs in their city.

Movie Plot:

In Bad Boys: Ride or Die, Detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett find themselves embroiled in a high-stakes conspiracy.  Mike and Marcus are rocked when it is revealed that their former Captain was in cahoots with drug kingpins.

Determined to prove that the late Captain Howard is innocent, the buddy cop duo set out and uncover a massive conspiracy within the police force. This makes them prime suspects, and the pair become fugitives while trying to clear their names. 

The film finds them taking on drug lord Isabel Aretas (Kate del Castillo) and her deadly son Armando Armas (Jacob Scipio) who turns out to be Mike’s long-lost son.

Release Date:

After years of no news and slow development, updates on Bad Boys: Ride or Die began to come much faster in 2023 with a release planned for 2024.

So, get ready to mark your calendars, because Bad Boys: Ride or Die is hitting theaters on June 7, 2024. That’s right, Will Smith’s next big screen adventure is just around the corner, so clear your schedules and prepare for an action-packed thrill ride!

Cast:

Returning to reprise their iconic roles are Will Smith as the suave and fearless Mike Lowrey, and Martin Lawrence as the quick-witted Marcus Burnett.

Joining them are familiar faces from Bad Boys for Life, including Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, and Paola Núñez. Plus, keep an eye out for Gabrielle Union, who may make an appearance as Marcus’ sister, Syd.

And let’s also not forget about the new additions to the cast, including Melanie Liburd, Rhea Seehorn, and the menacing Eric Dane as the film’s villain. Joe Pantoliano will reprise his role as Captain Conrad Howard via pre-recorded videos because his character was killed off in Bad Boys for Life

With such a star-studded lineup, Bad Boys: Ride or Die is sure to pack a punch!

Huge test for Will Smith after Oscars drama

The announcement that Bad Boys 4 is happening comes nearly one year after Will Smith’s Oscars slap. The actor found himself in the middle of extreme controversies after he slapped Chris Rock during the ceremony after he made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

The moment became the biggest talking point about the disastrous 2022 Oscars and left Will Smith’s acting career in the balance. Several studios were quick to cancel projects they had in development with Smith in the lead role, while the Bad Boys star issued many apologies about his actions.

It appeared as though Bad Boys 4 could be among the movies that no longer happened due to Will Smith’s Oscars slap. Reports also surfaced only a few days after the event that Sony was pausing development on the sequel. At the time, Bad Boys 4 happening after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock looked unlikely. The once-beloved star was stuck in a controversy that could continue to hang over his career for the foreseeable future.

Ultimately, Sony has now made the decision to move forward with Bad Boys 4 starring Will Smith under the impression that his apology was genuine and his involvement will not negatively impact the sequel.

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