Duane Martin has joined the cast of the potential series for Gabrielle Union’s Bad Boys TV spinoff.
Ernie Hudson was cast as Union’s father earlier this year.
Martin plays “smart and competitive” LAPD homicide detective Ben Baines. He is partnered with Ben Walker, who will be portrayed by Zach Gilford, and together they are described as “the Bens.”
After landing at NBC after an intense bidding war, and receiving a pilot commitment at the network, the potential series was officially ordered as a pilot earlier this month.
The series would see Union reprising her character, Special Agent Sydney “Syd” Burnett from the second Bad Boys film. Burnett was an undercover DEA operative and sister of Martin Lawrence’s Marcus Burnett and love interest for Will Smith’s Mike Lowrey.
Her status in the show: “Syd Burnett, last seen in Miami taking down a drug cartel, now is an LAPD detective and can pursue all the pleasures Los Angeles has to offer and leave her past behind. But things will get complicated when her new partner, Nancy McKenna, learns that Syd’s unapologetic lifestyle might be masking a greater personal secret.”
The key role of Nancy McKenna, Syd’s partner, has yet to be cast.
The project is from Jerry Bruckheimer and Doug Belgrad and Sony Pictures TV Studios is the studio.
The spinoff is being written by NBC’s The Blacklist writers and producers Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier.
A third film itself, Bad Boys 3, has been in development for some time, and Belgrad was one of the financiers. Just a few months ago Lawrence said he believed the movie wasn’t going to happen.