Bad Boys For Life is a new buddy cop action comedy film directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Will Smith and Doug Belgrad and starring Smith and Martin Lawrence. The sequel to Bad Boys (1995) and Bad Boys II (2003) and the third and final installment in the Bad Boys trilogy, the film follows detectives Lowrey and Burnett reuniting once again when a Romanian mob boss exacts revenge on the duo just as they are about to officially retire.
The once inseparable duo of Marcus Burnett and Michael “Mike” Lowrey is coming apart: an aging Burnett has become a police inspector while Lowrey, suffering a midlife crisis, is assigned to head up AMMO, a “young guns” group of millennial cops with whom he has nothing in common. Both of them reunite once again when a fierce cartel mob boss, whose brother they defeated years earlier, makes a retaliation effort on Mike just as both he and Marcus are about to officially retire.
The full cast consists of Will Smith as Detective Lieutenant Michael “Mike” Lowrey; Martin Lawrence as Inspector Marcus Burnett; Vanessa Hudgens as Kelley; Alexander Ludwig as Dorn; Charles Melton as Rafe; Paola Núñez as Rita; Kate del Castillo as Isabel; Nicky Jam as Zway-Lo; Joe Pantoliano as Captain Conrad Howard; Theresa Randle as Theresa Burnett, Marcus’ wife; Jacob Scipio as Armando Armas Tapia, the main antagonist and the brother of Johnny Tapia, who Burnett killed years ago; Jamie Neumann; Massi Furlan as Lee Taglin; Thomas Brag as Cake Boy; and DJ Khaled as Manny the Butcher.
Bad Boys For Life is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on January 17, 2020, by Columbia. The Sony Pictures film has a running time of 124 minutes, with a screenplay by Chris Bremner, Peter Craig, and Joe Carnahan; based on a story by Peter Craig and Joe Carnahan, based on characters by George Gallo with music by Lorne Balfe, cinematography by Robrecht Heyvaert, and edited by Dan Lebental and Peter McNutty.
A big chunk of the film’s budget of $90 million went to Will Smith. Smith was paid considerably more than Lawrence for Bad Boys For Life. Variety pegged his salary for the film at $17 million, making him one of the highest-paid movie stars of 2019. Smith has a net worth of $350 million, and his salary topped the $12 million to $14 million Tom Cruise earned for Top Gun: Maverick but behind Robert Downey Jr.’s $20 million for Dolittle, and Dwayne Johnson’s $20 million for Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.
An official soundtrack album to the film, entitled Bad Boys For Life The Soundtrack is scheduled for release on the same day as the film. The 10 song soundtrack also features tracks by Meek Mill, City Girls, Quavo, Rick Ross, Rich the Kid, Bryson Tiller, Nicky Jam, Daddy Yankee, Jaden Smith, Farruko, Pitbull, Lil Jon, Buju Banton, and DJ Durel.