Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are Ride or Die in ‘Bad Boys 4’ Trailer

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are Ride or Die in ‘Bad Boys 4’ Trailer

Bad Boys 4 has seen a tumultuous road to release for a number of reasons. Firstly, Bad Boys for Life hit theaters in 2020 and was one of the final movies to grace the silver screen before the Covid-19 pandemic completely shut down the industry. Of course, this then halted the production of the fourth instalment. Then, in 2022, when the industry was back up and running, Will Smith‘s assault on Chris Rock at the Oscars once again delayed the filming of Bad Boys 4.

Eventually, the movie went forward with both Will Smith and Martin Lawrence returning to their iconic roles as Miami police officers Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett. This film will mark Smith’s first cinematic release since the controversy at the 2022 Oscars, as his last film Emancipation skipped cinematic release and went straight to Apple TV+. So, as the hype continues to build, let’s break down the trailer for Bad Boys 4, which is now officially titled Bad Boys: Ride or Die.

What Is the Plot of ‘Bad Boys 4?

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in Bad Boys 4 (2024)

Bad Boys 4 will throw a fresh spin on the franchise, placing the enigmatic yet mismatched duo into a world they’ve never known. In the upcoming sequel, the self-proclaimed “bad boys” Lowrey and Burnett find themselves on the run after their former captain is accused of corruption. As they set out to clear his name, they find themselves up against the cartel and the police who think they are a part of the corruption.

Breaking Down the Bad Boys 4 Trailer

The official trailer for Bad Boys: Ride or Die opens with a short message from the lead stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. From there, comedic carnage unfolds from the outset, with Mike speeding through the streets of Miami as they rush to a wedding. Although the trailer doesn’t confirm this, it appears the wedding is Mike’s, as pictures from the filming of the movie showed Lowrey tying the knot with Melanie Liburd‘s character.

Despite meeting his demise in Bad Boys for Life, Captain Howard (Joe Pantoliano) returns from the dead via a string of video messages that he left behind for Mike and Marcus. The messages detail how he was framed and how he also doesn’t “know how high up this s*** goes” before instructing the bad boys to not trust anyone. So, of course, as the loyal policeman that they are, they wrangle a team together and set out to put things right. In terms of action, the trailer boasts perhaps the biggest spectacle of chaos and destruction that the franchise has possibly ever seen. The footage is littered with gun fights, fist fights, car chases, airplane mishaps, and explosions, all while being spliced with the signature acid humour that the blockbuster Bad Boys movies became renowned for.

Who Stars in for the Anticipated Sequel?

As seen in the Bad Boys 4 trailer, joining Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in the action-packed seqyel is an array of returning stars and a handful of fresh new faces. While she is not featured in the trailer, Better Call Saul‘s Rhea Seehorn is set to star in the film. As mentioned, Joe Pantoliano will reprise his role, however, his scenes seem rather limited and seemingly only displayed through a screen as Mike and Marcus watch his messages from the dead. In Bad Boys for Life, it was revealed that Mike had a son, played by Jacob Scipio, who is also featured in the trailer. In terms of the movie’s lead villain, this is still unknown. However, a second trailer will likely unveil more details. Furthermore, Vanessa Hudgens (Spring Breakers), Alexander Ludwig (Vikings), Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four), and Eric Dane (Grey’s Anatomy) will join the cast.

When Will Bad Boys 4 Be Released?

Bad Boys: Ride or Die (2024)

Following the glaring success of Bad Boys for Life, Bad Boys 4 will have big numbers to beat when it hits theaters. Bad Boys for Life served as the most critically acclaimed entry in the franchise and also the highest grossing as well, earning an impressive $426.5 million worldwide. From the trailer, we know Bad Boys: Ride or Die will land in US theaters on June 7, 2024. However, UK moviegoers will be treated to the movie two days earlier, hitting UK theaters on June 5. Want to read more about the Bad Boys movies? Here’s why Bad Boys II was a critical failure.

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