Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are reuniting for a belated sequel to Bad Boys II.


The third instalment in the series is set to arrive 17 years after its predecessor in 2020. It will see detectives Mike Lowrey (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) reunite in middle-aged ennui as they attempt to take down a drug cartel in Atlanta.

Find out everything you need to know about Bad Boys for Life below.

When is Bad Boys for Life released in cinemas?

The movie is now in cinemas, having had its UK release on 17th January 2020.

Filming took place between January and June 2019.

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Is there a trailer for Bad Boys for Life?

Yes – the explosive trailer for Bad Boys for Life dropped on 4th September 2019 and sees Smith and Lawrence back up to their old tricks, playing an older (but not necessarily wiser) Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett.

Another trailer dropped on 5th November:

Which original Bad Boys stars are back for the new film?

Martin Lawrence and Will Smith lead the cast as detectives Lowrey and Burnett.

Joey Pantaliano is also on board, returning as Captain Howard.

Who else is in the cast of Bad Boys for Life?

Newcomers to the franchise include Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig and Riverdale's Charles Melton, who will play members of a modern, highly specialised police unit in Miami who clash with the Bad Boys. Jacob Scipio, Paola Nuñez and, incredibly, DJ Khaled, will also star in supporting roles - albeit the latter in rathe small part.

Khaled will play Manny the Butcher, a villain who gets his pinky chopped off in an altercation, as seen below in Smith's vlog from the set.

What is Bad Boys for Life about?

The film will see the Bad Boys clash with a new, specialised police unit as a new threat emerges in Miami.

Here's the synopsis: "Old-school cops Mike Lowery and Marcus Burnett team up to take down the vicious leader of a Miami drug cartel. Newly created elite team AMMO of the Miami police department along with Mike and Marcus go up against the ruthless Armando Armas."

As well as going head to head with Armando - who has some sort of link to Mike's past - the film also sees the eponymous bad boys tackle the ageing process, with the pair having taken rather different approaches.

What was the original Bad Boys film about?

Bad Boys, which was released in 1995, saw lifelong pals Lowrey and Burnett protect a witness to a murder while investigating the theft of heroin from the evidence storage room in their Miami precinct.

Bad Boys II, released eight years later in 2003, featured them attempt to stem the flow of Cuban MDMA into Miami. It saw the duo question whether or not to continue on as partners, after it had been revealed that Lowrey was dating Burnett's sister, Syd (Gabrielle Union). At the end of the film, the duo made up, and agreed to continue fighting crime together.

How many films have there been in the Bad Boys franchise?

There have been two previous films in the Bad Boys franchise: Bad Boys and Bad Boys II. This latest instalment will be the third in the series.

Michael Bat helmed the two previous films, but is being replaced by directing duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah for this new entry.

Is Bad Boys for Life any good?

Although the film is by no means perfect, we thought it was a pretty fun romp, with good performances from the two main star.


In our three star review of the film, we said, "the central partnership at its core is so indestructible that Bad Boys for Life is elevated beyond just a standard action blockbuster and somehow defies its various shortcomings."