‘Beverly Hills Cop’ Reboot Taps ‘Tropic Thunder’ Star as Lead

Brandon T. Jackson will star as Axel Foley's son in CBS's revamp of the Eddie Murphy film "Beverly Hills Cop"

CBS's revamp of the Eddie Murphy movie "Beverly Hills Cop" has found its lead.

Getty ImagesBrandon T. Jackson, who played Alpa Chino in the 2008 comedy "Tropic Thunder," has been tapped to star in the pilot, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap on Tuesday.

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As previously reported, the pilot will focus on Aaron, the son of Axel Foley (Murphy). A blue-collar police officer, the younger Foley works to take down the criminal elements of the rich and famous, while trying to escape from under his father's long shadow. Sony Pictures Television is producing the project.

Murphy will appear in the pilot and may recur if the pilot goes to series. Murphy will also executive produce with Marney Hochman and "The Shield" creator Shawn Ryan, who will write the pilot and serve as showrunner.

CBS has given a production commitment to the project.