Even after all these years, the “Bad Boys” franchise is still going strong. With a third movie finally up and filming, it’s just an added bonus that a spin-off is on its way. The offshoot television series “L.A.’s Finest” will be based on the character Agent Syd Burnett (Gabrielle Union) in “Bad Boys II” after she moves cross country to the West Coast.
“Bad Boys II” left off with the two main cops, played by Martin Lawrence and Will Smith, reconciling with Gabrielle Union’s character who was both love interest to Smith and sister to Lawrence. It appears that didn’t last, however, as “L.A.’s Finest” opens on Syd Burnett as an L.A. detective, far from her past in Miami. She is joined by a new partner that is Nancy McKenna, and the series follows a buddy-cop plot as the two at-odds detectives try to work together as they break the rules to catch the bad guys. McKenna will be played by Jessica Alba, who is known for her roles in movies like “Fantastic Four,” “Valentine’s Day,” and “Sin City.”
“L.A.’s Finest” is set to debut on Spectrum May 13. When asked about a possible crossover with Lawrence and Smith, Gabrielle Union didn’t confirm anything, but she didn’t deny it either.
“Luckily, I’m busy here and they’re busy filming [‘Bad Boys for Life’],” Union said to Deadline after a recent TCA visit on set. “It would be awesome. I guess we have to check our budget and see if we can afford for them to do a cameo. Obviously, the Bad Boys universe exists, so we can have these Avengers-type moments where we can all be together. … The door is always open for them. Hopefully, the door is open for me in [Bad Boys for Life]. We’ll see.”
Though the original bad boys aren’t confirmed yet, others cast for the series include Ernie Hudson (“Ghostbusters”), Zach Gilford (“Friday Night Lights”), and Jake Busey (“Stranger Things”).
Watch the Trailer for “L.A.’s Finest” here: